Allergies and Indoor Air Quality

Spring is a time of renewal, the season when plants flower, trees bloom and pollen drifts through the air. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who have springtime allergies, the season can bring bouts of sneezing, itchy eyes and congestion as well. To help alleviate symptoms, medical experts urge allergy sufferers to remain indoors as much as possible during the peak allergy season. HVAC experts like Chappels Home Performance can recommend products and services matched to your home to improve indoor air quality and control allergens within your home.

A well-maintained air conditioning system is your first defense against springtime allergens. Enrolling in an annual maintenance program is one of the best things that you can do to control your home’s indoor air quality. Seasonal inspections and tune-ups ensure that each component of your cooling system is thoroughly cleaned and serviced.

Allergens like mold, mildew and dust mites thrive in moist environments. Cooling systems not only extract heat from the air, but they also pull moisture from the air as well. Keeping indoor air dry helps control allergens and lets you enjoy a more comfortable environment.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), leaky ductwork makes air conditioning systems operate at up to 20 percent lower efficiency. Leaks can also allow outdoor allergens into your home as well. Our technicians can seal and insulate your ducts to eliminate leaks. You’ll enjoy better performance and lower energy bills. Spring is also the ideal season to have your ducts cleaned.

High-Efficiency Air Filters

The air filters in your forced-air systems can help alleviate allergies as well by catching the allergens. Efficient filters i.e. MERV >10 can remove most particles sized from 0.3 to 10 microns. Allergens like pollen and mold spores range from 10 to 30 microns. But caution is need, because a too-dense filter can impair air flow as well, it’s essential to choose a high-efficiency filter suitable for your HVAC system. Our experienced technicians can help guide you toward the optimal choice .

We also offer a wide selection of state-of-the-art air purification products to enhance your indoor air quality.

So, remember, when it comes to springtime allergies, you can depend upon us at Chappels for solutions. Call us today at 630-668-3466 to schedule an appointment for a consultation with our building performance specialist.