AC Services | Getting Your Air Conditioning Unit Ready for Spring Allergy Season

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We’ve had an eventful winter here in St. Petersburg, from the polar vortex with temperatures dipping from the teens to spring-like days in the 80s. Whether we get back to more normal temperature patterns in the next few weeks or continue on the roller coaster, spring is not too far away.

Although residents are looking forward to getting outdoors in warmer weather, the change in seasons also means many of us will once again be coping with allergy symptoms. According to Dr. Patrick DeMarco of Allergy and Asthma Specialists people suffer some of the worst allergy seasons because the weather extends allergy season longer than in other states. Typically, Florida sees tree pollen season from December all the way through May, and this overlaps with our grass pollen season which tends to run from April through November.”

Major spring allergies cause many of us to suffer through a long season of sneezing, runny noses, watery eyes and all of the other symptoms that send people to their allergist or local pharmacy.

One thing most people don’t realize, though, is that their air conditioners can offer an important line of defense against seasonal allergies. Do you have your AC ready to keep you breathing easier this spring?

How your AC can help control your allergies

Air Filters

Did you know that air conditioning filters are capable of trapping allergens? Your air filters do not just stop dust, dirt and other small debris from circulating throughout your home — they also capture allergens floating in the air. One thing to be aware of is the MERV rating of your air filter. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Rating Value and relates to the effectiveness of an air filter. The higher the MERV rating, the smaller the particles the air filter can trap. By choosing a high-quality, high-efficiency filter, you can trap mold spores, pollen and other particles that may be floating around your home. For the best filtration and efficiency, consider paying more for HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Absorption) filters.

Air Ducts

Simply buying and installing high-quality air filters won’t solve your problems entirely, however, nor will they be at peak effectiveness unless your air ducts have been cleaned and properly sealed. Some signs that you may need professional air duct cleaning are hot and cold spots in different areas of your home, dust over doorways and higher than normal energy costs. If you have tears or disconnected spots in your ducts, your system will leak the conditioned air and allow unfiltered air into your ductwork that will then spread throughout your home. When properly sized, sealed and installed, air ducts should have airtight passageways for clean and conditioned air.

Keep Air Conditioning Units Running

When temperatures get to the point where it’s very comfortable out, it’s tempting to enjoy the weather by shutting off your air conditioning unit and opening the windows. Those suffering from allergies and asthma may want to reconsider.

When pollen counts are at their highest, opening windows will allow the airborne particles to settle in your house and on your furniture, appliances, and in your carpets. This sets you up to suffer both indoors and out. By shutting down your air conditioning unit, you lose the benefits of good air circulation and efficient filtration. Your best bet is to have your unit set to recirculate the air in your house and keep your thermostat setting at a comfortable temperature to limit energy costs.

How do you fight allergies in your home? We make it our business to keep your air clean and fresh. Schedule a system evaluation to make sure your AC unit is running efficiently no matter which season we’re in.

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