Countless things contribute to allergy symptoms, but many people don’t consider that their heating and air conditioning system could be one of them. Here’s how your HVAC system could be making things worse when it comes to allergies.
A Dirty Filter Can Equal Dirty Air
Your HVAC filter traps airborne pollutants as they pass through the system. Then, the unit heats or cools that same air before sending it back to the rooms in your home. If the filter is dirty or clogged, the resistance to airflow through the filter goes up causing the air to find an easier path to enter your system such as leaky ductwork or through the equipment itself therefore bypassing the filtration process. These are things like dust, dander, pet hair, and pollen—things that can aggravate your allergies.
Dirty Ducts Mean More Allergies
While duct cleaning isn’t always needed depending on your system’s design, sometimes it is! When was the last time you had your ducts cleaned? Just like a dirty air filter leads to more allergy symptoms, so do dirty ducts. As the air from your heating and cooling system blows through the ducts, it can pick up allergens like pollen, dander, dust, rodent droppings, pet hair, and more, recirculating it through your home and aggravating your symptoms.
Irregular Maintenance Leads to Increased Sneezing
Do you want to know one of the best ways to help your HVAC system cut down on your allergy struggles? One word: maintenance. Regular heating and air conditioning service improves indoor air quality, and improved indoor air quality significantly reduces allergy symptoms.
If you’re struggling with allergies, look no further than your HVAC system for some relief. Contact the experts at G+S Heating and Air for help.