Keeping Allergens Outside During Allergy Season

Keeping Allergens Outside During Allergy Season

In Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Estero, Naples, Marco Island, Lehigh Acres, FL and the surrounding area, we’re lucky in that winters here are basically non-existent and wonderfully snow-free. Of course, that comes with a few drawbacks. For one, all of our plants are essentially always in bloom, which means we have pollen pretty much all the time. So we have an allergy season that’s longer and more intense than the rest of the country.

The good news is that you can use your HVAC system to fend off that pollen. With these HVAC pointers, you can keep allergens out and indoor air quality in this allergy season.

Install a Higher-Quality Filter in Your HVAC System

You can get air filters for your HVAC system specifically designed to filter out allergens. You can also use air purifiers that have HEPA filters, or high energy particulate air, filters. These special filters are made from glass fiber layers instead of paper. As a result, the top HEPA filters can trap up more than 99 percent of pollen, smoke, dust, and other allergy-causing agents.

Keep in mind that just the “HEPA” designation alone doesn’t mean that a filter is automatically excellent at keeping allergens out of your home. Filters have something called MERV, or minimum efficiency reporting value, which will tell you on a scale from 1 to 12 how well a filter will trap the smallest particles. Be sure to check what the MERV rating should be for your model HVAC system.

Practice Good Pollen Hygiene

While your HVAC system plays a pivotal role in maintaining your indoor air quality, the rest of the equation is up to you. To keep pollen at bay, make sure you keep your windows closed and doors shut during high-pollen seasons. Dust your shoes off when you come in and leave them at the door. Vacuum at least twice a week, and you may want to avoid using ceiling fans during peak pollen season, as they can stir up dust and other contaminants in the air.

If you’d like more tips on how to fight allergens in the Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Estero, Naples, Marco Island, Lehigh Acres and surrounding area, D & D Air Conditioning and Heating is at your disposal. Our certified technicians can answer your questions about the health of your home’s air and recommend solutions. Give us a call today.

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