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November 18, 2020
Fall can be one of the worst times of the year for allergies. If you’re wondering how indoor air quality affects your health, or what causes indoor allergies, consider what happens when ragweed, mold, and dust mites get into the Sacramento Valley autumn air (or the air in your home), leaving you sneezing and coughing with a runny nose or itchy eyes.
Sometimes these allergies are bad enough to make you want to hole up in your home and avoid the outdoors as much as possible. But that’s only if your Davis, Dixon, or Vacaville house will actually protect you against outdoor air pollutants and allergens. Did you know that indoor air is estimated by the EPA to be up to five times as contaminated with air pollutants as outdoor air? Allergens can make their way inside your home and then get trapped there—that is, unless you take action. Upgrades to your HVAC system can go a long way toward getting rid of indoor allergies for you and your family—here’s what you need to know.
Replace Your HVAC Air Filters Regularly!
The air filters in your HVAC system help prevent dust and contaminants from negatively affecting the performance of your heating and cooling systems, but they also help filter out harmful air pollutants, including allergens. Air filters come in a wide variety of options, offering everything from minimum levels of protection for your HVAC system to extremely high filtration capabilities (learn more here about how air filters are rated, including the difference between MERV and HEPA filters). ). But the one thing that all air filters have in common is that they have to be changed out or cleaned regularly.
As they filter out more and more particulate matter, your HVAC filters clean the air less effectively and can even cause expensive breakdowns in your HVAC system. How often should air conditioner filters be changed? At least once every few months of use—sometimes more, depending on how quickly they collect dust and particulates.
Get Your Fall Allergies in Check with Help from Greiner
It’s important to understand that just because you’ve suffered from fall indoor allergies in your home in the past doesn’t mean you have to keep suffering in the future. If you’re thinking about scheduling indoor air quality testing and trying to address the air quality issues in your home, reach out to Greiner Heating and Air Conditioning today.
At Greiner, we understand how all the different systems and elements in a home can affect your comfort and well-being, and we’ll work with you to understand the issues you’re suffering from in your home to find a solution that helps you deal with indoor allergy issues and other air quality problems.