HVAC Filtration to Ease Spring Allergies
Spring has sprung in Washington, and with it comes all the tree pollen and ragweed that wreaks havoc on spring allergies. Although you can’t control the weather or the pollen traveling through the air outdoors, you can control the air inside your home.
With the right HVAC filtration systems, you can improve your indoor air quality and alleviate your allergy symptoms. At Blue Flame Heating & Air Conditioning, we are happy to recommend the highest quality filtration and purification systems to our customers. Here is our list of suggestions for incorporating HVAC filtration into your strategy to ease your spring allergies.
Reducing Allergens at the Source
Air filtration works best when paired with thoroughly cleaning for reducing allergens throughout your home. Some ways to keep dust, dust mites, and allergen particles from trapping themselves around your home and irritating your skin and sinuses include:
- Vacuuming frequently. Not only your floors, but also sofas, chairs, and cushions.
- Replacing carpet with hardwood, vinyl, or tile.
- Replacing cloth curtains with wooden blinds.
- Wearing a mask while you dust and clean surfaces.
- Washing bedding regularly in warm water.
Air Filtration Options
Once you have cleaned the allergens out of your home, the next step is to install a filter that will continue to keep them out. There are countless purification options on the market, but there are a few main categories:
High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters trap chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and mold as well as all particles larger than 0.3 microns. Whole house HEPA air filters can be installed at the source of your HVAC unit, where air must travel through their folded layers of accordion-style fiber material before it enters your home.
Activated Carbon Technology
While HEPA filters are great for trapping particles in the air, they are not equipped to absorb gaseous pollutants. The chemical bonding in activated carbon allows this filtration tool to soak up chemical emissions, gases, tobacco smoke and odors within your home. Sometimes pairing activated carbon filters with HEPA particle filters is ideal for the most thorough purification.
Use ultraviolet rays to zap microorganisms like bacteria and viruses from your air. UV lamps alter the molecular make up of these materials to keep your air cleaner. It is usually a good idea to install UV filtration on the opposite side of a HEPA filter so that particles will be removed from the air first, and then microscopic organisms will have no where to hide when they pass through the UV lamp filter.
Negative Ion Technology
Ions are molecules with a negative or positive charge that they obtain by gaining or losing an electron. Negatively charged ions will attract airborne allergen particles like dust and pollen and weigh down those particles until they are too heavy to travel through the air. However, it important to remember that negative ion filtration does not remove those particles: they will rest on the surfaces of your home and you will have to clean them away to remove them completely. Essentially, this method allows you to keep allergens from floating through the air. But it will be up to you to get rid of them altogether. This type of filtration is probably most helpful when paired with other devices.
If you are interested in installing permanent HVAC filtration tools that will improve your indoor air quality, Blue Flame can help. Give us a call at 206-388-5667.