Fall Allergies and Your Air Filters
We all know about springtime allergies but did you know that fall also brings seasonal allergies. One of the most common fall allergy contributors is ragweed. Ragweed is common in the south. One ragweed plant can produce one billion pollen grains which can travel up to 400 miles in the wind. The other common allergy of the fall is mold. Outdoor molds will last until the first frost of the season.
We tend to stay indoors when suffering from allergies. Taking care of your HVAC system is important and can help fight seasonal allergies. Below are some tips in managing season allergies.
- Check pollen counts in your area and remain indoors when the counts are high.
- Before turning on your heat for the first time, make sure your heating vents are cleaned and air filters are changed. This is important because mold and other allergens can get trapped during the summer and will fill the air when you start the furnace.
- Use a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter in your heating system to remove pollen, mold, and other particles in the air. Check the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting system) ratings on the filter. The higher the MERV rating number the more particles will be removed from the air including pollen.
- Change the filters at least every other month especially during the high pollen season.
- Use a dehumidifier to keep air between 35% and 50% humidity.
ClimateSmith – Alpharetta’s Local HVAC Company
The HVAC service professionals at ClimateSmith can help with the installation of the filters for your air conditioning and heating systems. ClimateSmith will come out and make sure your HVAC system is winter, spring, summer, or fall-ready. If you are in Alpharetta or any of the surrounding areas, call ClimateSmith today to schedule your appointment.
Posted on behalf of ClimateSmith, LLC
Alpharetta, GA 30005