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    Oct 17, 2019

    posted by: McCall's Supply, Inc.

    Tips and Tricks to Help You Avoid Allergies at Home this Fall

    Tips and Tricks to Help You Avoid Allergies at Home this Fall
    preparing for 2020Homeowners don’t often think of general HVAC service questions as they relate to allergy symptoms, but they should! There are several tweaks and upgrades to your system that will keep pollen and other baddies at bay while you breathe easier indoors. Here are a few of our most helpful heating and cooling tips for allergy sufferers.


    Upgrade Your Furnace Filter

    The label of every filter on the shelf displays a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) number. MERV ratings aren’t some kind of scam designed to trick you into buying more expensive units. The numbers tell you what types of particles your filter removes from the air. You will need a filter with a MERV 13 to remove the smallest allergens, but a MERV 5 is sufficient to remove pollen, dust mites, and pet dander.

    Add Humidity Control

    Humidity has a miraculous effect on heating and cooling functions. Air with a higher level of moisture will feel warmer than dry air. You can make your home feel warmer simply by increasing indoor humidity. Low humidity does the opposite, so you can make your home feel cooler by reducing the air’s relative humidity.

    However, allergy sufferers receive even more benefits. Low humidity dries out the fleshy membranes of your nose, eyes, and lungs. The pores increase in size and make it easier for allergens to make it inside your body. Adding moisture to the air shrinks them back to normal size and blocks pollen, dander and other baddies. Humidity can help protect against the spread of viruses for the same reason.

    Consider a Commercial-Grade Air Purifier

    Air purifiers sold over infomercials hurt the credibility of the market for years. Today’s commercial products offer properties from homes to hospitals top-notch air cleaning to eradicate allergens before they have a chance to cause problems.

    Give McCall’s Supply, Inc., a call if you have more general HVAC service questions. Our talented technicians can teach you tips to maintain your health, increase energy efficiency, improve home comfort, and lower your bills.