In addition to limiting your exposure to allergens and keeping your home or office clean of dust and pet hair, it’s a good idea to keep doors and windows closed, particularly in the early morning hours when pollen is heaviest.
Another helpful tip is to use an air filter in your HVAC system that provides additional particulate filtration. Ordinary paper filters may be very inexpensive but are not designed to trap the fine particles like pollen and mold. Those filters may trap dust so that it doesn’t reenter the equipment, but the fine particulate passes through, to be recycled in your home’s air.
High energy particulate filters, known as HEPA filters, are made from tightly packed layers of glass fibers and are able to trap up to 99 percent of pollen, dust and smoke. The HEPA filters are rated in a 1 to 12 rating system, with the higher numbers removing the most pollen.
However, some HVAC systems don’t work as well with some HEPA filters, so be sure to refer to your HVAC system’s owner’s manual for recommended filters. Regardless of the type of system you have, be sure to change air filters regularly in the allergy seasons! For questions about reducing allergies in your home, or the type of air filter your HVAC system should use, contact the heating and cooling professionals at Affordable Service. We’ve been serving Rio Rancho and Albuquerque homeowners since 1986 and we love making your home comfortable!