Allergies can be caused by several irritants in your LaGrange, Indiana, home, including pet dander, dust and pollen. The increased humidity in the air during springtime makes it much easier for things like allergens and pathogens to stay afloat in the air. If you are like one of the over 50 million people in the United States that suffers from allergies, you want to do everything you can to keep your air as clean as possible. Read on to learn more about how you can keep pesky allergens at bay.
Replace the Filter
Your HVAC system’s filters are its main line of defense against allergens. You should replace your air filters at least once a month to reduce contaminants such as dust, dirt, pet dander, and bacteria. You can tell how efficient how your air filter is by looking at its MERV rating. Standard MERV ratings range from 1-16, but there are filters and filtration systems that are higher than 16.
Get a Smart Thermostat
Some smart thermostats come equipped with a feature that helps it determine the indoor air quality (IAQ) in the home. If the IAQ is too low, the thermostat can control various air-purifying elements of the air conditioning system so they can take care of the problem. Ask about a smart thermostat’s ability to gauge air quality before making a purchase.
Get a Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers don’t just help make your home more comfortable, they can go a long way towards helping people with allergies stay comfortable in their home. It is harder for allergens to travel in the humid air. Some cooling systems have a built-in dehumidifier. If yours doesn’t, consider purchasing a portable unit.
For questions or concerns regarding the air quality of your LaGrange home, contact us today at Birkhead Co. for more information on how we can help you get the most out of your HVAC system.
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