Have your allergy symptoms increased this spring, even when you’re inside? Springtime is a difficult time for many, especially when they cannot find relief from the onslaught of outdoor allergens common this time of year.
Indoor air quality is a significant issue for those with allergies. Poor indoor air quality leads to more allergens in the home, and an increase of related symptoms. Taking measures to improve indoor air quality is the best defense against allergy symptoms – there are effective solutions available which work with your home or business’s HVAC systems to deliver superior allergen control.
High-Efficiency Air Filters
Fiberglass disposable air filters are found in many Lexington homes and businesses – and they’re part of the problem when it comes to allergen control. Filters rated under MERV 5 aren’t able to capture miniscule allergen particles to remove them from your air supply. If you’re suffering increased allergy symptoms indoors, start by upgrading your air filter.
Filters with a MERV rating of 8 to 13 are ideal for homes and businesses which need increased allergen control. Higher rated filters can capture smaller contaminant particles, including mold, pollen, and dust mites. There are higher rated filters available, but beware – they aren’t always appropriate for your HVAC equipment. Filters rated over MERV 13 may actually impede airflow, which can damage your heating and cooling systems.
Air Purification Systems
Air purifiers, also called air cleaners, work to clean indoor air by removing contaminants, including common allergens. Whole-home air purifiers are compatible with residential and commercial HVAC systems, and treat air as it flows through your heating and cooling equipment. There are different types of air purifiers available, acting in different ways to eliminate allergens, including High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance (HEPA) filtration, ionization, electronic, and ultraviolet air purification. Depending on the system you choose, air purifiers can be up to 99.97 percent efficient in removing bothersome allergens from your home or business’s air supply.
Ultraviolet light air purification systems are one we often recommend to Lexington home and business owners. Using ultraviolet energy, the lights installed within your HVAC system neutralize allergens so they cannot cause symptoms. These systems break up microorganism DNA so they cannot reproduce, which makes UV light air purifiers especially effective for controlling mold and mildew growth – mold is a common allergen which can have severe effects on one’s health and home.
Create a healthier indoor environment for the allergy sufferers in your life with Climate Control. Our indoor air quality specialists will evaluate the allergen issues you face and pair you with solutions to keep them under control.