The Ohio Valley has been compared to bowl. It is difficult to get the seasonal allergy irritants to blow away. If you have lived here long enough you know that there are significant fluctuations in pollen levels from one week to another. About the only thing we can control is the air quality inside our homes and businesses. When choosing an air filter during seasons you typically experience allergies, select a filter with a high MERV rating. The higher the MERV rating the better job it does at getting smaller allergens and particles out of the air. A simple air filter change goes a long way in enhancing air quality, but pollens are very fine particles that may require better filtration than most furnace filters provide.
I am tempted to open my windows on cool evenings and mornings to reduce electricity use but it can work against me by allowing those pollens right in my home. If you suffer from springtime allergies, keeping those windows and doors closed is the better choice. Limiting your time outside is a common sense decision but there are a few things you can do around your home to reduce the severity of your spring allergy battle. Vacuuming consistently, and cleaning surfaces routinely throughout your home really helps. Having your system routinely inspected and serviced is essential not only for efficiency, but also for the air quality in the home. When these steps are not enough, an air filtration system may be your best option. There are very effective Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) systems that can be installed in your home that can make an immediate and lasting improvement.
According to WebMD, Louisville, Kentucky is one of the top five cities for worst allergies. Making sure your HVAC system is the best it can be gives you a huge advantage of lessening the seasonal effects of pollens and molds.
- Keep windows and doors closed
- Upgrade your filter to a high MERV rated filter
- Routine system maintenance and cleaning
- Consider an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) system