How to Combat Seasonal Allergies
Anyone with bad allergies watches the pollen count and plan their day accordingly. Some may even shut themselves away from anything that remotely resembles nature but it’s not always the pollen that’s causing them aggravation. Sometimes it’s the very place their seeking shelter — home — that’s causing the largest problem.
Allergies and Your Air Conditioner
Properly maintained air conditioners will help allergy sufferers, but there are a number of things that can go wrong in the system that will aggravate an allergy suffers condition. Keep a look out for the following:
Dirty Air Filters
Air filters trap dust and other airborne particles. If you’re not changing your filter regularly, that filter becomes clogged and the air will be filled with the particles it once trapped. To avoid this, change air filters regularly according to manufacturer specifications.
Poor Air Filters
Air filters come in a variety of levels to help screen airborne particles. Advanced filter systems can eliminate mold, pet dander, pollen and more. These ultra-strong filters place a drag on your AC system, however. Older air conditioners are not equipped to handle this type of filter. Before you select a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter, make sure your air conditioner can handle the reduced airflow. On the other end of the spectrum, lower quality air filters contain fiberglass threads that can come loose. These small airborne items can further affect air quality. Another option for air filters that could be causing problems for those with allergies are reusable or electrostatic filters. These filters do a great job at attracting airborne particles and catching them. They’re also reusable and can be washed with tap water. However, if you don’t take care in drying them completely, they can become the ideal place for bacteria to grow.
Poorly Maintained Air Ducts
With air conditioners, cool air is transported through air ducts. When the cooled air meets the warm air in the ducts, condensation occurs. If ducts are not cleaned properly each year, there is a risk of mold being present without your knowledge. Not good news for allergy sufferers. These ducts should also be checked for leaks and other inefficiencies periodically. Any sort of damage to the system can create an ideal spot for mold and other bacteria to grow. A qualified air conditioner technician can ensure your ductwork is clean and less likely to cause allergy sufferers in your home any further aggravation. If you, or a member(s) of your family, suffers from allergies, there are things you can do to safeguard your system from exacerbating the problem. The technicians at Bert’s Inc can properly examine your ductwork for leaks and disconnects that could be compromising its efficiency and air quality. If your allergies are severe, you may want to consider an ultraviolet filter for your AC to cut back on molds and allergens. Call us at Bert’s Inc today to find out more about your ideal air conditioner and how we can help you improve the air quality in your home.