Limiting Spring Air Conditioner Allergy RisksHomeowners across Utah have moved firmly into air conditioner season, and for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, this spring transition period is often the toughest of the year. Spring allergies are known to be the most significant out there for many people, and there are certain situations where they may be exacerbated by an AC setup that’s not conducive to preventing allergens and similar risks from spreading into your air. At Airtime Heating & Cooling, we’re proud to assist with numerous areas of air conditioner repair and upkeep services, including several important air quality themes that will help you limit even minor allergen risks in your home and protect those who suffer from seasonal allergies. Today’s blog will focus on how allergens and other particles enter the home through a faulty AC system, plus the importance of your air filters and additional measures you can take to ensure allergens are not a heightened risk due to your air conditioner this spring.
How Particles Enter Through the AC SystemIn some cases, the mode of entrance for allergens and various related particles into your air supply is based on cracks or other seal issues with your air conditioner, ducts or related components. When these issues are present, air that has not yet passed through your filter system will be able to make its way into breathing areas, meaning contaminants like allergens and others have not been removed. In addition, however, it’s important to note that having a proper exhaust system for your HVAC system is also vital. This allows various contaminants or particles that have not been caught by the filters to exit the home properly – these particles will be present no matter how good your filters are.
Filter FactorsSpeaking of filters, you should be sure that the filters installed in your HVAC system trap allergens – most do, but some on the cheaper end do not. Also be sure areas like pet dander, which may carry allergens, are caught as well. As we noted above, however, not all the air in your home necessarily makes it to the air filter before reaching your lungs. For this reason, those homes with significant allergy sufferers may want to consider additional measures.
Other MeasuresHere are a few such options available for both allergen prevention and other areas of indoor air quality:
- Whole home filtration: We offer the “Clean Effects” filter system from Trane, arguably the top home air filtration system in the world, which will remove all pollutants, allergens, bacteria and viruses within the entire space.
- UV lights: There are also UV air cleaner options that attack mold, mildew and other bacteria within your air ducts, common collection locations for these contaminants.
- Electronic purifier: A different purifier system that charges particulates in the air and forces them to stick to metal surfaces, which can be easily cleaned.