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How To Use Your HVAC System to Combat Allergies

Asthma affects more than 24 million people in the U.S., more than 6 million are children and more than 50 million Americans suffer from a combination of allergies each year. Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness and are usually caused by pollens from trees, grasses or weeds and/or airborne mold spores. Other contributing factors include pet dander, dust mites, and synthetic fibers from carpets or furniture. 

With Spring at our doorstep, the trees and flowers are springing back to life. Unfortunately, many of us know that the beauty sprouting before our eyes also brings an unwanted visitor, the dreaded allergy season, right along with it. With the weather warming up as well, it's time for our A/C's to awaken from the peaceful slumbers and go back to work to keep our families comfortable, however, an unmaintained system is also opening a doorway for the allergen army to step right into our homes.


Escaping the outdoors maybe creating another obstacle instead of providing a safe retreat to alleviate your symptoms. If after doing everything you can to ward off your allergy symptoms, you still find yourself getting stuck sneezing here, there and everywhere, a great first step is to schedule your HVAC maintenance. Indoor air pollution levels can be up to FIVE times higher than outside! There are several ways your HVAC system can help you chase away the symptoms, the first step is ALWAYS having a quality air filter. 

There are several types of air filters; flat panel, medium efficiency, high-efficiency and HEPA filters (however, HEPA filters are not recommended for home use. They require more energy to power the fan to circulate the air), the type of filter depends largely on the HVAC system itself, however, your personal needs are also a factor to consider as well. Call us today to schedule all your filter maintenance needs!

The ducts in your home are also a contributing factor to consider. Once you flip the switch not only are you bringing the sweet cool breeze of relief in but also all the dust, dirt and mold that has accumulated while you're system has been hibernating through the winter. Not only can this cause additional allergy problems, but it can also increase operating costs, create unpleasant odors, and unnecessary headaches. 

Your evaporator coils also play a big part in the cleanliness of your HVAC system, we recommend yearly Spring maintenance to prevent additional mold build up. Evaporator coils are one of the most neglected components with an enormous job as it supports the functionality of your air conditioner. Filthy coils lower the efficiency and performance of your entire system, including heating as well. Since they are commonly so difficult to access, a professional is required to perform the necessary maintenance. 

Hutton Power and Light is proud to serve and protect you and your family from unhealthy HVAC conditions. Give us a call today and let us lend a hand in fighting off your allergies today!