Many people suffer from allergies, and indoor air quality (IAQ) either makes it easier or more difficult to deal with the unpleasant symptoms. If your goal is to improve IAQ and limit the existence of allergens in your home, installing the right AC filter is essential. Learn which air filter ratings are preferred for people with allergies and recommendations for finding the right air conditioning system filter.
Allergens are substances that cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Prevalent indoor allergens include:
Common outdoor allergens include:
These allergens can be in the air or settle on surfaces, causing problems for allergy sufferers when inhaled, ingested or coming in contact with eyes. Maintaining clean indoor air is a critical part of managing allergy symptoms, and using an effective AC filter to lower the amount of allergens is a key component.
Traditional AC filters are ill-equipped to reduce allergy symptoms. Most are simply designed to reduce dust particles, textile fibers and other large airborne contaminants from invading your HVAC system. A higher-end filter is needed to catch allergens and restrict them from circulating through your home.
The ideal air conditioning system filters for allergies have a high minimum efficiency reporting value, or MERV rating, which denotes their effectiveness at capturing small particles on a scale of 1 to 20. For instance, a MERV 8 filter can capture pollen and mold spores, while a MERV 13 filter can capture smoke particles and large bacteria. An allergy air conditioner filter with a high enough MERV rating will lower the airborne allergens for much-appreciated relief.
Know that MERV ratings of 17 to 20 describe high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters designed to take out at least 99.97 percent of particles as little as 0.3 microns in size. While this makes them extremely good at removing allergens like dust, mold spores, bacteria and viruses from the air, most HEPA filters slow airflow so severely that they are not well-suited for residential properties. Consult a professional before installing a HEPA filter to help decide if your air conditioning system is compatible.
While allergy air filters for air conditioners are often more costly than standard filters, the rewards usually outweigh the costs for allergy sufferers. After all, investing in a high-quality air conditioner filter to help reduce allergies helps maintain good indoor air quality and reduces allergy symptoms, boosting overall health and well-being. In addition, using a filter with a higher MERV rating can extend your HVAC system’s life by helping it stay clean and function efficiently. Remember these long-term benefits of allergy filters when determining whether to invest in one.
Identifying the correct air filter is necessary for good IAQ and fewer allergy symptoms. Here are some essential tips and guidelines to help you choose the most appropriate HVAC system filter for allergies:
If you or someone in your household suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory ailments, replacing your air conditioner’s filter is one of the easiest things you can do to manage your symptoms. Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing can help you choose and install the perfect air filtration system for your home. For more suggestions about our indoor air quality services, please call a Service Experts office near you today.
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