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When pollen season peaks, life can become miserable, especially for allergy sufferers. To keep pollen at bay, it's best to implement some allergy-proofing HVAC strategies that will help you stay comfortable and breathing easy all season long.
Upgrade Your Air Filters
All air filters are measured by their MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value). This helps consumers compare the efficiency of different models and brands. A MERV 16 is one of the highest ratings available and will capture a large percentage of airborne pollutants such as dust and pollen so they don't get recirculated through your home. By changing out your filters each month, you will be sure to keep them working at their best.
Use A Hygrometer
These instruments are used to monitor the humidity level in your house. If your humidity is too high, consistently above 50 percent, you have an environment that can foster the growth of mold and other allergy-irritating microorganisms. To lower your humidity, you may need to use a dehumidifier.
Dark spaces like your attic or crawlspaces are ideal for mold and mildew growth when allowed to stay damp and cool. Creating a natural airflow through these spaces will help avoid these conditions so that these pollutants can't grow. By replacing the covers on your attic's soffits with ridged vents, you can let air can circulate through without worrying about rain getting in.
Prevent Mold Growth
Rid your house of areas where mold can grow and you will be making huge steps in allergy-proofing your house. Fix holes in your roofing that can let rainwater into your attic and repair leaky pipes so that water doesn't stagnate. UV (ultraviolet) lamps can be installed in your air system by an HVAC professional to help kill various microorganisms like fungi, viruses and bacteria.
Use Exhaust Fans
Replace the fans in your bathroom and kitchen with exhaust fans that will deposit the air outside rather than circulate it.
For more information on allergy-proofing strategies, contact Russell's Heating & Coolingtoday. We have been serving all of the Hampton Roads area since 1977.
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