As beautiful as San Antonio is, it’s also one of the worst cities for allergies according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Just as mountain cedar clears, in comes mold, grass, and tree pollen (hackberry, oak, ash, mulberry, and juniper). San Antonio air quality can cause respiratory problems, allergies, and other health issues.
The good news? There are several ways your home’s HVAC system can improve indoor air quality. Here are some quick and easy tips from air quality specialists at Shafer Services Plus.
Keep Your HVAC Filters Clean
One of the easiest things you can do to improve indoor air quality is regularly replace or clean your HVAC filters. Dirty filters trap allergens and other particles, reducing airflow and the overall efficiency of your HVAC system. We recommend replacing filters every 30 to 90 days.
Use High-Quality Filters
In addition to keeping your filters clean, opting for high-quality filters helps to trap even more allergens and particles from the air. Look for filters with a higher Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating, which indicates how effective the filter is at removing particles of various sizes from the air.
Consider a Whole-House Air Purifier
Installing a whole-house air purifier helps to remove allergens, pollutants, and other contaminants from the air as it circulates through your HVAC system. Some models also kill bacteria and viruses. The way a purifier removes allergens depends on which of the three types of purifiers you choose:
- Media (high-MERV) filter
- Ionic (electronic) air cleaner
- UV (germicidal) air cleaner
We go into what each of these systems do on a deeper level in this blog post.
High humidity levels create an ideal environment for mold and mildew, which can aggravate allergies and respiratory problems. Your HVAC system can help control humidity levels by using a dehumidifier.
Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance
Regular HVAC maintenance is critical for keeping your system running smoothly and efficiently. During routine maintenance, your technician can check for issues that could be affecting your indoor air quality, such as leaks or clogs. They can also recommend additional steps to improve the air quality in your home.
Indoor air quality testing is important. Shafer Services Plus is on hand to perform an air quality assessment in your home and customize solutions to meet your unique needs and budget. Additional perks from improving air quality can include decreased energy costs, healthier living, and increased comfort.
According to the EPA, people spend up to 90% of their lives indoors. It’s time to make your indoor air healthier. Air purification systems reduce viruses, bacteria, allergens, pet dander, mold, odors, and air pollutants.
At Shafer, we work with the best products on the market to customize air quality services. We only use natural and effective purification systems that are:
- CDC recommended
- Chemical free
We will explain all of your options and answer any questions you may have. We’re here to be your trusted advisors whether you purchase a service or simply want to learn more about IAQ options.