Spring isn’t the only time of year allergy sufferers have to worry about – fall ragweed and other contaminants contribute to extreme discomfort for some. Allergens from outdoors can infiltrate your home, affecting your indoor air quality and triggering severe allergy symptoms.
Around 10 to 20 percent of Americans are allergic to ragweed. Ragweed plants grow throughout the country, but are most common in the Midwest, each plant producing as many as one billion pollen grains!
While you can’t do much about the outdoors, you can fight back against fall allergens inside the home or commercial building. We’ll show you how to make your indoor environment a comfortable retreat from invading allergens.
HVAC Fights Against Allergens
If someone in your household or workplace is sensitive to ragweed and other allergens, the building’s HVAC system can be used to control contaminant levels indoors. The additions below will prevent allergen buildup to help occupants avoid mild to severe allergy symptoms.
High Efficiency Air Filters
If you’re using a standard replacement filter with a low MERV rating, upgrading to a filter of MERV 8 or higher will have a significant impact on allergen control. Higher rated filters can trap smaller contaminant particles, so more ragweed pollen and other contaminants can be filtered out of your air supply before reaching living areas.
A strong ventilation system is essential in the fight against allergens. Allowing fresh air into your home isn’t effective when you’re also allowing in irritants such as ragweed pollen. When using a ventilation system, those contaminants are removed first, then fresh air will enter your living areas.
System Fan Use
During the fall, temperatures may not warrant using the air conditioner or furnace. Though you don’t need heating or cooling, you still need air circulation. Setting your system fan to “on” rather than “auto” will keep air moving when other HVAC components are not in use. When the system’s fan is running, the filter still works to remove contaminants, so it is beneficial for allergy sufferers to keep air flowing at all times.
Nelson Comfort will match you with the right indoor air quality solutions to control fall contaminants in your Cincinnati home or business. Contact us today to learn more about the solutions available to you.