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How To Alleviate Your Allergies With Your HVAC Unit

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More than 50 percent of the American population suffers from allergies to things like dust, pet dander, pollen, and other airborne particles. This can cause everything from a mild cough or dry throat to a full-blown asthma attack. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to help alleviate allergens in your own home. Here are ways your HVAC unit can help to alleviate allergy symptoms

Use a HEPA filter and change it frequently.

One of the best and least expensive things you can do to help keep allergens at bay in your home is to invest in a HEPA air filter for your furnace. This will trap and contain allergens as the air is forced through the filter. Look for a filter with a MERV rating of 10 or higher.

Of course, you’ll want to clean or replace your filter at least every 30 days during the cold weather season. (Whether you clean or replace the filter depends on the type of filter and the manufacturer’s instructions.) Dirty air filters not only recirculate air filled with allergens but also cause your HVAC systems to use more energy pushing air through all of that debris.

Invest in an electronic air filter for your HVAC Unit.

An electronic air filtration system attaches to your HVAC units and provides an additional barrier between allergens and the air you breathe in your home. These systems are electrically charged and work by attracting and trapping dust, dander, and other allergens.

Keep your air ducts clean.

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Your air ducts carry forced air from your heating and cooling systems to the air vents in your living spaces. These ducts can become filled with human and pet hair, dust, bugs, and other debris that can worsen your allergy symptoms. Keeping these conduits clean can greatly reduce the number of allergens circulating around your home.

To learn more about using your HVAC unit to help alleviate your or your family’s allergy symptoms, contact B&W Heating and Cooling at (insert contact info). We’ve been helping western Illinois home and business owners with their HVAC needs for more than 70 years.

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