Your heating and air conditioning system isn’t the only way to provide clean indoor air.
The heating and air conditioning system is usually the main method for cleaning indoor air. That means if you have allergies, one of the first places to avoid making them worse is to take a look at your HVAC unit. But there are also other ways to help improve indoor air quality and reduce allergy symptoms. Here are three big ones.
Advising HVAC owners to use clean air filters is a common piece of advice from HVAC professionals. There is good reason for this because these air filters are often the only thing filtering contaminants from the air. But for allergy sufferers, having a clean air filter is not always enough. Replacing them with filters that have higher minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) ratings can help too.
Air filters with higher ratings can remove smaller allergens from the air. But these types of air filters usually need replacing more often and filters with really high MERV ratings, such as above 16 may not work with some HVAC units.
Opening windows is a common piece of advice for improving indoor air quality, but not in the springtime and not for outdoor allergy sufferers. This is because of the outdoor plants and trees that release pollen each spring. So to fight allergies this spring, keep the windows closed.
A very natural way to improve indoor air quality is to have a few plants inside, but not just any plant. Certain plants, such as the spider plant, do an exceptional job of removing chemicals and toxins from the air and replacing it with pure, clean oxygen. They can also have the added bonus of adding some color and life to the indoor living areas, too.
If your heating and air conditioning system isn’t doing enough to keep your indoor air clean, ask for some advice from an HVAC professional, such as one from our team at Jerry’s Air Conditioning and Heating.