The changing seasons cause some Columbus and Opelika area residents to suffer from fall allergies – both indoor and outdoor. A furnace tune up in the fall helps homeowners control allergens in the home. In our most recent blog, the technicians at Energy Savers discuss ways to use your HVAC system to keep the allergy sufferers in your household comfortable this season.
Fall Allergies in the Southeast
Unfortunately, seasonal allergies aren’t simply a springtime problem – fall allergies are present in the Southeast as well.
Many landscapers have introduced new tree species that add to the problem. Chinese elm, for example, has grown in popularity as an ornamental planting and is adding to the tree pollen spores in the air in the fall. Typically, Georgians and Alabamians experience most tree pollen issues in the spring. Planting non-native species like the Chinese elm changed this.
Ragweed, a pervasive plant across the Southeast, pollinates in mid-August and continues until we have a hard freeze. Raking leaves also presents an opportunity for mold and pollen exposure. Take care when doing yard work by wearing a mask if necessary, and shower before hitting the pillow. Otherwise, the spores attached to your hair will settle in your bedding. No one likes waking up with allergy congestion!
Schedule a Fall Furnace Tune Up Today
As air circulates through the HVAC system’s ductwork and mechanical equipment, dust, ragweed pollen and other allergens can settle in the nooks and crannies. It’s a vicious cycle, as these deposits can be picked back up by circulating air and transported into living areas throughout the house. When those with allergies come into contact with these particles, allergy symptoms occur, including:
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes
- Stuffy nose
September and October are the right time to make an appointment with Energy Savers for your fall furnace tune up. Regular maintenance of your home’s heating system improves comfort beyond better temperature control. This service reduces the concentration of dust and other allergens inside your HVAC equipment to keep them out of the home’s air supply, keeping indoor allergy symptoms at a minimum.
By reducing the accumulation of allergens and debris inside your furnace, a tune up protects allergy sufferers from exposure to limit symptoms. The sensitive components inside your furnace are also protected from debris, which can cause damage or impact performance when they settle on furnace components.
Change Your Furnace Filter
If there are allergy sufferers in your home, regular filter changes can help alleviate allergy symptoms. While a fall furnace tune up removes allergens and debris already inside the HVAC system, new allergen particulates are introduced to the home every day through open doors and windows. They are also tracked indoors on clothing, shoes and even on your pet’s fur!
As the filter traps contaminants, its efficiency is reduced. Allergy sufferers often benefit from an earlier filter replacement. Check it each month, and replace with a fresh, clean filter as you deem necessary.
Standard replacement filters may not cut it if you have allergy sufferers in your home. A high-efficiency filter offers better allergen removal, trapping and removing smaller particles from the home’s air supply. Consider switching to a filter with a MERV rating of 8 or higher during the fall allergy season. During your annual furnace tune up, ask your technician for a recommendation.
Install Indoor Air Quality Equipment
During the tune up, ask your HVAC technician about indoor air quality equipment. There are solutions available that work with your furnace to remove allergens and other contaminants.
Infinity Air Purifier
You can capture even more contaminants when you install an Infinity Air Purifier to work with your furnace. Infinity Air Purifiers capture up to 95% of particles and then use an electrical charge to kill or inactivate them.
Pet dander, smoke, bacteria, pollen and other pollutants are trapped inside the system and held tightly to the filter before an electrical charge bursts the cell walls of the pathogens.
Solaris PCO Air Purifier
The Solaris PCO Air Purifier combines the technologies of UV light, photocatalytic oxidation and ionization to improve the air at the molecular and microscopic levels. Solaris air purifiers destroy toxic fumes, household odors and VOCs.
Fight Fall Allergies with the Help of Energy Savers
Energy Savers is ready to help you eliminate fall allergies as much as possible in your Georgia or Alabama home. Contact us today for a furnace tune up or to learn more about our indoor air quality solutions.