Originally published in May 2017, updated March 2020.
According to the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, about 50 million people in the United States suffer from allergies each year, including 17 million adults and seven million children who suffer from asthma. While medicine and food cause the most life-threatening reactions among allergy sufferers, dust mites and pet dander often trigger respiratory reactions in Grovetown, GA homeowners with poor indoor air quality.
If you suffer from allergy symptoms, here’s what you can do to survive the spring and summer.
Changing Your HVAC Filter Frequently Helps with Allergies
If you have a large family, own pets or suffer from allergy symptoms, it’s recommended that you change your HVAC filter at least once per month. You should change your HVAC filter right away if:
- It’s damaged, collapsed cells or any kind of holes.
- It’s damp, as it can promote contaminants.
- It already has evidence of microbial or contaminant growth.
Invest in a Dehumidifier and Use it Wisely
If contaminants are the cause of your allergy symptoms, controlling your home’s humidity level is especially important to surviving the spring and summer. To accomplish this, consider investing in a dehumidifier. Set it in the living room and aim for a humidity level of lower than at least 60 percent – if not 50.
Use Air Purifiers Around Your Home
In most cases, your HVAC filter will only trap particles that are 10.0 microns or larger. An air purifier, when equipped with a HEPA filter, will trap smaller allergens like pollen, dust and pet dander that are as tiny as 3.0 microns. It’ll then destroy them with an electrical charge.
Installing a Whole-Home Air Filtration System Reduces Allergies
The Trane CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner uses the latest technology to ensure you have cleaner, healthier indoor air. This air cleaner removes up to 99.98% of airborne particles, including bacteria and allergens. CleanEffects™ filtration reduces “triggers” that can cause respiratory distress. CleanEffects is able to filter allergens down to .1 micron, removing spores, pollen, pet dander, dirt, and dust, preventing them from entering the air and then your lungs.
If you’re searching for an experienced HVAC contractor in Augusta, Georgia, or if you need help improving your indoor air quality, contact Doc Savage Heating And Air Conditioning, Inc. We look forward to helping you breathe easier.