How Your Air Conditioner Can Help Your Allergies

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While spring can mean gorgeous weather, beautiful flowers, and summer around the corner, it can also bring allergies. However, with a high quality air conditioner unit, you can help ease your symptoms inside your home. Read on to learn more!

Choose the Right Filter

One of the things you will want to look into to make your air conditioner unit better fit for your home is the MERV range of your filter. Filters for an HVAC unit are measured by a MERV, or a minimum efficiency recording value, which the numbers range from 1 to 20. These numbers determine the efficiency of your unit and how much particles it can filter out. If you suffer from moderate to severe allergy symptoms, you will want a filter with a MERV rating of at least 8.

Another option for a filter is a HEPA, or high-efficiency particulate air filter, which are made from thin glass fibers and effectively remove 99.97 percent of contaminants in the air.

Clear Out the Area

Another tip to reduce the amount of allergens in your home is to make sure the area around your air conditioner is clear of debris and dust. The outside portion of your air conditioner will inevitably pull any dust or debris that is on the unit so you will want to keep it as clean as possible. In fact, it is recommended to clean the entire unit, the parts that are inside and outside, to reduce the amount of allergens that could be introduced into your house.

Check for Mold

Mold is another trigger for allergies and it thrives in a moist, humid environment. With a proper HVAC unit, you can control the temperature within your house. It is important to keep the humidity level of your home between 30 and 50 percent. You should regularly inspect your unit, drip pan, drains, air handler, evaporator coils, and ducts for any signs of mold.

 

If you need assistance to determine whether your air conditioner is in optimal condition to ease your allergy symptoms, please give us a call today at (281) 883-9972. for air conditioning service in Kingwood, TX, and nearby locations.