Itchy nose? Watery eyes?
We have just about made it through tree pollination season, March, April and May. Yet here we are in grass pollination season, May and June.
As you know, your HVAC filter should be helping protect you and your family from allergens.
But is it really?
The best place to start your HVAC filter evaluation is with the MERV Scale.
What is the MERV Scale?
These ratings will assist you with choosing which allergen HVAC filter is best for your home. Yes, they make air filters that specialize in helping with allergies!
Your regular fiberglass HVAC filter doesn’t quite do the trick when it comes to that extra allergen filtration. The normal fiberglass filter protects your HVAC system and equipment to ensure it runs smoothly but unfortunately it does not protect your family from that sneaky grass pollen from tickling your families noses. This means your normal air filter has a low MERV rating which does not do very much when it comes to filtering allergens in the air.
Good news is these specialized allergen filters have high MERV ratings which means they do a better job at preventing runny noses and itchy eyes for you and your family while at home.
The MERV Scale
What number on the MERV scale is your HVAC system rated for? Not sure where to look? Take a peek inside the manual or call your HVAC company who installed it. The professionals will recommend what’s best for your HVAC system and for your geographical location.
Higher MERV number = Smaller pores flowing through your filter
Pair the filter appropriately with your HVAC system. Why, you ask?
MERV rating is too high = HVAC system has to work harder to circulate air
Your electric bill will skyrocket! And, you might just be sabotaging your allergy efforts, because with a wrong filter, the air won’t circulate as efficiently through your system or throughout your home.
HEPA filters have gained a lot of attention these past few years. You might even have one and think this bad boy is doing it’s part filtering out the allergens in your home. (Heck, that’s the whole reason you have a HEPA filter in the first place, right?) But, HEPA filters need a little more TLC than fiberglass filters because they collect dust and other undesirable particles quicker.
As long as your HEPA filter is appropriately selected with the best MERV rating for your HVAC system and is changed at least every three months and more frequently during the spring and summer allergy season then you should be good to go with helping eliminate allergens in your home.
Don’t Forget About the Basics!
Get help from HVAC professionals, after all they are the professionals.
Selecting an appropriate allergen filter is only part of the battle when it comes to improving the air quality throughout your home. Regular HVAC cleaning and maintenance are critical when it comes to reducing airborne allergens.
Duct, Duct, Clean!
Think of air ducts as the veins of your home. They carry both cool and warm air from your HVAC system throughout your entire home. Air ducts can get clogged with dust mites, insects, pollen, mold, mildew, pet dander and unfortunately much more.
These pollutants are then blown through your home and into the air you breathe, gross! Contaminated air can be dangerous especially for people with allergies, children and the elderly.
This is when the professionals come to play. Getting your air ducts cleaned professionally can remove these harmful pollutants which will help improve your home’s air. Rule of thumb is to have your ducts cleaned at least every three to five years but again, ask your duct professionals what they best recommend for your home.
Your HVAC more than likely runs the majority of the year, whether it’s heating or cooling. Because of this, your HVAC system should be cleaned and tuned by an HVAC professional at least annually.
Preventative maintenance is the best maintenance. HVAC maintenance will help reduce pollution in your home’s air and can also help you save big bucks when it comes to your energy bill.
Bonus, regular HVAC maintenance will lengthen the life of your system preventing you from having to buy a new one sooner than you should.
Indoor allergies are a prominent problem in American households.
By staying on top of your HVAC system’s maintenance, your HVAC system can make a huge difference in improving your home’s air quality.
Less sneezes to be blessed, breathe easier this grass pollination season.
Thermostats are important too!
Why wait for your HVAC professional to tell you when to start your savings?
Start saving big today, up to 30% on your energy bill!