Allergies are aggravating no matter the time of year in Savannah, Georgia, but for many people, symptoms become much worse during the fall. High levels of pollen this time of the year are a contributing factor. Regardless of the reason, though, allergy sufferers should know there are various steps they can take to reduce allergy symptoms, and it starts right at home with an HVAC system. Here’s a look at three HVAC system components that can reduce fall allergy symptoms.
There are many types of filters available for HVAC systems and furnaces. The type you choose can have a significant impact on your allergies. Your goal should be to install a filter that reduces allergens in your home, like pet dander and pollen.
Ideally, you will opt for a filter that is disposable. Permanent filters require cleaning, and no matter how good you clean them, you won’t be able to remove all dust and debris, which will aggravate your allergy symptoms. Disposable filters, on the other hand, allow you to start with a fresh filter every time you change it out.
Your ductwork is an essential component of your HVAC system that can greatly impact your allergy symptoms if it isn’t properly cleaned. Many experts recommend having the ductwork cleaned at least once a year to remove dust and debris and to keep allergy symptoms to a minimum. Clean ductwork is also vital to heating and cooling efficiency. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a dirty duct can reduce efficiency by up to 40 percent.
A clogged drain channel can lead to increased moisture levels in your home because your HVAC unit won’t be able to properly reduce humidity. This can have a negative impact your allergies. With proper maintenance, drain channels can remain unclogged and help your HVAC system operate with the utmost efficiency.
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