Your home AC system can help you keep your indoor air clean, boosting its quality in several ways such as by filtering out dust and providing some dehumidifying effects. But if you have someone with allergies in your home, you'll probably want to supplement that with further indoor air quality improvements such as extra filtration. Here are five ways to reduce the allergens in your home air.
Although humidity itself isn't an allergen, high-humidity environments tend to be an ideal habitat for dust mites, which produce the allergens found in dust. So the more humid your home is, the higher your concentrations of allergens are likely to be.
Your AC unit can serve as a dehumidifier to some extent (as long as you have the fan set to AUTO rather than ON, allowing the unit to condense water out of your air). However, this is simply a by-product of the cooling mechanism, rather than a separate feature that can be turned up and down. So if you live in a very humid location, you may wish to run separate dehumidifiers as well.
2. Change AC Filters
"Change your AC air filters frequently" is common advice, but what's even more useful is changing them to the most effective filters. For maximum allergen removal, you'll want to have high-efficiency pleated filters installed in your AC intake vents. These can remove almost as many particles from the air as HEPA filters (at each pass) but also allow air to flow through more quickly than HEPA filters do, which not only allows for more passes through the filter (and thus more filtration) but also allows your AC unit to function as designed.
3. Get More Plants
Houseplants can be a great investment in indoor air quality. This may seem a bit counterintuitive since plants can produce allergens, but as long as you choose the right plants you should be able to achieve an overall positive effect. Plants only produce pollen when they flower, but they filter pollutants out of the air with their leaves every day. So choose plants that don't flower in low-light situations, or just make sure they don't flower by pinching off any buds that you see.
4. Use HEPA Filters
Even if HEPA filters aren't necessarily the best choice for your AC system vents, they can be a great help elsewhere. You can use a freestanding or in-duct air filtration system that uses fans to push air through a HEPA filter, removing nearly all contaminants from the air that it processes. And you should always have a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner to reduce dust distribution while cleaning.
5. Clean Carpets and Ducts
Your air ducts, despite the filters at their intake vents, can still end up with piles of dust inside them after a few years. And ducts tend not to get cleaned very often because it's the sort of job you just can't do adequately at home without professional equipment. However, both professional duct cleaning and professional carpet cleaning can sometimes help with allergies, because they remove a stockpile of dust that sits in your home waiting to contaminate the air.
These five steps will help you keep allergens as low as possible in your home to improve the quality of life for you or anyone else in your family who suffers allergies. If you'd like more info about air purification systems, duct cleaning, or other allergy reduction strategies, Modern Heating & Cooling will be only too happy to help out. Feel free to browse our website for more information or call us today at 608-767-2689.