It seems like we’re finally going to get a break from the summer heat. While cool breezes will soon have some of us reaching for sweaters, the change in seasons will also have many of us reaching for tissues. Major fall allergies like wind-pollenating ragweed and airborne mold are gearing up for a long season of sneezes, sniffles and trips to the ear, nose and throat doctor. Most people don’t realize that their air conditioner can offer them some relief and protection from an allergen onslaught. Is your AC ready to keep you breathing easy this fall?
Your air conditioner’s air filters don’t just stop dust and dirt from circulating around your home – they can stop allergens as well. The higher the MERV rating of your air filters, the smaller the particles it can trap. You can trap mold spores, pollen and much more from dispersing around your home by choosing a high-quality and high-efficiency air filter. For the best filtration, consider paying more for unmatched HEPA filters.
Your quality air filters won’t be as effective as promised if your air ducts aren’t properly sealed. A few signs that your air ducts need some professional attention are hot and cold spots in your home, dust on the top of your doors and higher-than-expected energy bills. When there are tears, leaks or disconnections in your air ducts, conditioned air can escape out and unfiltered air can infiltrate your ductwork and spread throughout home. When sized, sealed and installed correctly, air ducts should be airtight passageways for your clean, conditioned air.
After a long summer, it’s tempting to thoroughly enjoy the cold by letting your home’s temperature drop. For those with allergies and asthma, this can prove problematic. If you already experience difficulties breathing, the cold air can aggravate your nasal passages and airway. It will, in turn, react by swelling and making breathing difficult. Keeping your home around 70 degrees during cold weather is both energy efficient and easier on your airway. Programming your thermostat is an easy way to save money on energy and keep your home comfortable automatically.
How do you fight allergies in your home? At Champion AC, our business is your air quality. Call us today for more information on clean, comfortable air- no matter what season we’re in!
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.