How Your Central Air Conditioning Unit Can Help Your Spring And Summer Allergies


If you suffer from springtime allergies, you're not alone. Over 50 million people are affected by allergies in some way shape or form, according to the American College Of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. When the pollen and other natural triggers are released into the air, your body responds by releasing histamine—leading to a plethora of troublesome symptoms. One of the best ways to combat allergies in your home is to keep it clean. This begins with the air quality. Here are a few ways that your HVAC contractor may be able to help you improve the air inside of your home.

Air Duct Cleaning

One way to improve air quality in your home is to have your furnace's ductwork cleaned. When the furnace or air conditioning unit kicks on, dirt and debris is passed through your home's entire ventilation system. It either ends up as dust and dirt in your rooms and on your floors, or it can remain trapped in the ductwork—leading to odor and blocking air flow. Air duct cleaning can help your allergies by:

  • Reducing the amount of dirt and dust you come in contact with in your home
  • Eliminating odor-causing bacteria in your heat vents
  • Cutting down on the population of dust mites that could trigger allergic rhinitis
  • Clearing out dead bugs, rodents and miscellaneous debris
  • Killing mildew and mold spores trapped beneath the surface of your floors

A HVAC or duct cleaning professional can use a camera to inspect your ductwork to see if you need air duct cleaning in your home.

Replacing Worn-Out Parts

What does replacing old overused part in your central air conditioning unit have to do with allergies? Old parts make your system work harder and less efficient. Having a humid environment inside your home isn't good for allergy sufferers. Breathing in hot, dirty air inside your home may affect your respiratory system and compromise allergy relief. HVAC repair services are important. Having an air conditioning unit that is working at proper capacity, with new parts and components, makes it easier to generate cool, fresh air.

Cleaning Your Entire Unit

While air duct cleaning is a very important contributor for breathing fresh, clean air, it starts with your main HVAC unit. Ask your HVAC tech to properly clean both your furnace and your AC unit. This includes:

  • Power washing the exterior condenser
  • Removing leaves and debris inside the exterior condenser unit
  • Blowing and extracting extra dust and debris buildup on the interior of the unit
  • Cleaning the fans by removing them and wiping them down with an antibacterial cleaning agent

Having the entire unit cleaned will lead to less dirt ending up in your living space. 

Installing A Hypoallergenic Air Filter

There are hundreds of air filters on the market today. This makes it hard to choose the right one for your household. The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioner Engineers have developed a MERV or Minimum Efficiently Reporting Value. This means that the higher the value or rating, the better the filter is at blocking contaminants. If you are particularly sensitive to dust and other allergy-causing contaminants, consider installing a HEPA filter or an electrostatic filter that has a higher MERV value.

Contact your local HVAC pro to inspect your entire cooling unit and make your home a comfortable place to relax and breathe in during the warm weather months.


20 April 2017

Keeping up With Maintenance Between HVAC Inspections

Working with HVAC contractors is an important part of being a homeowner. Not only do your contractors ensure that a new system you buy is properly installed, but they also ensure optimal performance throughout the years through a series of regular inspections, maintenance services, and repairs. But there are lots of things you can do in between your contractor's visits to ensure that your HVAC investment is always in tip top condition, aside from cleaning out the air filters. After working with my dad for more than a decade in the HVAC business, I've put together a few methods homeowners can use to maintain a well working system, and I have published those tips and tricks right here on this blog. I hope some of the information you find here helps you on your journey as a homeowner!