Home Allergies and Your HVAC

Anyone who suffers from chronic allergies knows from experience how important it is to keep your home free of allergens.  Spring brings the height of allergy season, and in SoCal we’ve had more rain than usual.  The added rain has allowed plants to grow faster, larger, and in more abundance.  Hence, this year’s allergy season will be a bit more severe than others.  It is a good idea to begin making preparations to deal with your allergies now.

One way you can do so is by protecting your home from airborne allergens.  To do so, you will need to give consideration to your home’s HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system.  Third Generation HVAC recommends the following measures.

Prepping Your Home’s HVAC For Allergy Season

Medications can help you to deal with outdoor allergies, but you can find yourself running through them if the allergens are within your home.  One of the best strategies to preventing airborne allergens from entering your home is to filter them.  Specialize HVAC air filters can remove the majority of outdoor allergens that circulate into your home’s air.  These air filters should not be confused with the filters that are part of most HVAC systems.  Standard filters are useful in preventing high levels of dust and lint from entering your home.  However, they are ineffective in capturing allergens because they are much small particles.

A high-quality air filter (with a MERV rating of 11 to 13) part of the strategy to keep allergens from entering your home through the ventilation system.  Other ways you can reduce allergens in your home are:

  • Use vacuum cleaners that have HEPA filters or ones that allow you to switch to one.
  • Take your shoes off when entering into your home. This will prevent you from tracking allergens into the house.
  • If you have a dog or cat, groom them outside to reduce pet dander from spreading.

If you need assistance with acquiring or installing filters into your ventilation system, give Third Generation HVAC a call at (951) 304-1333.