If you or someone in your household suffers from allergies or asthma, you probably understand the importance of breathing clean air. You dust, you sweep and you mop, but you may not realize your HVAC system may be able to lend you a helping hand.
In fact, the idea that the words allergies, asthma and HVAC would appear in the same sentence can seem a bit strange.
If all of this sounds a bit wacky, hear us out.
Air filters are key
If you’ve been following our blog you’ve likely noticed we’ve put up more than a few posts about the importance of your HVAC air filter.
The HVAC air filter’s job is to remove things like pollen, pet dander, dust, spider webs, mold spores and other types of undesirable things from the air that circulates throughout your home. If your air filter is dirty, it’s not going to do a good job of, well, doing its job.
(A dirty air filter is also going to put a lot of extra strain on your HVAC’s motor, which can lead to a whole pile of other problems, but we’ll leave that topic for another day.)
Get your MERV on
All HVAC air filters have something called a MERV rating. Ultimately, the MERV rating will tell you how good the filter will be at removing things from the air. The higher the MERV rating, the better the filter’s air filtration quality will be.
Most are rated to use filters that have a rating that lies between 14 and16.
Can’t I go higher?
When you shop for filters, you may have noticed that some filters are rated at 17 or higher. This type of filter is called a HEPA filters (HEPA filters are rated between 17 and 20.) The general rule of thumb is that you shouldn’t use a filter that your HVAC isn’t rated for.
HEPA filters are most commonly used to clean the air in sterile environments (aka, hospitals). If your HVAC isn’t rated for a HEPA filter, you shouldn’t try or someone one.
Be sure to have your ducts and vents cleaned
If air filter’s had your ducts or vents cleaned in more than a year, this type of cleaning can be highly beneficial. Ducts and vents are widely known for collecting dust, pet dander
Heating and cooling experts
If you have questions about how you can use your HVAC system to help reduce allergy symptoms, call DNI Heating, AC and Refrigeration today. We can help you understand how air filters work and we can also help you determine which type of filter will work best for your HVAC. We can even tell you where to purchase them! For more information on our company, the types of services we offer or to learn more about our professional duct cleaning services, call us today to get started.