How To Reduce Allergies in Your Home
Seasonal allergies are the worst. Just as the weather warms up and Spring flowers pop out, the runny nose and itchy eyes start. All you want to do is be outside, yet pollen and other allergens chase you back in. What if you can’t even find relief in your home?
Close Your Windows
It feels really good to open the windows on a beautiful day. It is also nice to give your HVAC system a break and circulate some fresh air. When you do this, you are just inviting particles into your home. All the yellow pollen coating your car will blow into your house and then be circulated around. It simply isn’t worth it. Turn on some fans and keep those windows closed.
Upgrade Your HVAC Filter
You may already know to replace the HVAC filter every one to two months. Did you know that not all filters are created equal? Those suffering from allergies should only purchase filters with a MERV rating of 10 or higher. The MERV rating indicated the size of particles that the filter will catch. A higher rating means it catches smaller particles. Just be sure that the filter your choose will fit inside your HVAC air filter housing.
Manage the Humidity
A home with 40% humidity is ideal for reducing allergies. When the humidity is too high, added moisture can cause spores to grow, making your allergies flare up even more. If your home is too dry, then particles will stay in the air much longer, allowing them to circulate further. Use a humidifier or dehumidifier to attain proper air quality. This will also ease symptoms associated with seasonal allergies.
There are filtration systems and humidifiers that can be incorporated directly into your HVAC. This makes managing the air quality much easier. These additional systems work great and provide a long-term solution