Spring is definitely here, and summer is only just around the corner. While the warmer months make most of us feel better and full of energy, they aren’t a joy for everyone. Lots of people suffer from allergies, and spring and summer can be a time of misery due to the increased amounts of tree pollen and pollen from plants and flowers. In this case the only thing to do can be to hide indoors until the sneezing season has passed, but this isn’t exactly much fun. Even worse, the indoor air quality of the home can often be just as poor as outdoors. There is an answer as your heat pump or hybrid heating and cooling system can help make life for those with allergies a lot more bearable.
Air Conditioning Can Help Remove Allergens
Modern air-conditioning units can do a lot to help improve indoor air quality. They can contain sophisticated filters that are able to prevent the tiniest of microbes from entering the air. Some are equipped with special filters such as electrostatic filters which help to collect particular allergens. It’s estimated electrostatic filters can remove as much as 95% of allergens from the air inside the home. However they do need to be properly cleaned and regularly maintained for maximum efficiency.
Controlling Mold and Allergens in Your Home
Air conditioning units are also excellent at removing excess humidity from the air. This helps decrease the likelihood of mold, and it makes it much harder for dust mites to survive. Ideally, humidity levels in the home should be around 40%, and any higher could make your house very attractive to mold and dust mites. In spite of this some humidity is important, even during spring and summer, so if your home is particularly prone to feeling arid, then you may want to invest in a whole home humidifier. If you are particularly allergic to mold then it can be worth running your air conditioning unit for half an hour or so after turning off the cooling program as this will help dry out the ductwork and will make the environment far less friendly towards mold. Another thing worth considering is making sure you use any recycling switch on your air conditioning unit. This will recirculate the air within your home rather than putting in fresh air from outside. Although it’s always nice to have fresh air, it’s the last thing allergy sufferers want to have to deal with when it’s full of pollen and other allergens.
Changing your Filters Regularly
You should make sure you change or clean the filters regularly in your air exchanger, regardless of whether it’s spring or winter. This will help keep the dust particles down to a reasonable level. In fact numerous studies have shown high-efficiency particulate arrestance (HEPA) filters to be extremely good at removing and reducing the concentration of particles within a home. Proper maintenance of your system will help ensure you keep dust and allergens to a manageable level, so at least when the air outside is full of pollen you can take refuge in the clean and comfortable air inside your own home.