Sniffling, Sneezing, Watery Eyes - Help your Allergies, Optimize your HVAC System

May 18, 2019 

By Austin Heyen, Head of Aurora’s HVAC Division 

Have you ever considered that optimizing your HVAC System may improve or alleviate asthma and allergy symptoms? There are many easy options to reduce allergens and improve indoor air quality.  

Schedule Annual AC Maintenance 

Indoor air pollution includes mold, dust mites, pet dander and pollen. Your HVAC system’s air filters are designed to trap the majority of these allergens when they become airborne, but they can still affect you, causing allergic reactions or asthma attacks. Additionally, your HVAC system can harbor mildew and mold, which can end up in your indoor air during the air conditioning cycles. That’s why annual maintenance is so crucial, especially for someone with asthma or allergies. 

Know Your Filter 

Since the air filter is such a crucial player in reducing indoor allergens, you need to invest in a quality filter capable of trapping even the tiniest particles. An air filter’s effectiveness is measured using a MERV rating, or a minimum efficiency recording value. MERVs range from one to twenty, with the higher numbers offering the highest level of filtration. Not every air filter is recommended for any system, however. Higher air filter efficiency tends to add stress to the system. At Aurora, we are happy to guide you to the perfect filter for your system and personal preferences. Call us at 701-242-7202. 

Add Whole Home Air Purifiers  

While centralized HVAC systems work best with medium to high-efficiency air filters, adding an air purifier with a HEPA filter is the smartest option for trapping those allergens your HVAC can’t handle alone. Whole-home air purifiers are great for anyone suffering from severe asthma or allergies because they improve the entire home’s air quality, helping everyone in the family to breathe easier. 

Control Humidity 

In addition to air purification, it’s important to maintain ideal humidity levels inside the home in order to alleviate allergies. Humidity, in particular, is a major trigger for many asthma sufferers. Having a dehumidifier installed can help to keep those humidity levels in check.  

Keep Your HVAC Systems Maintained 

One of the best and most cost-effective ways to optimize your HVAC system is to schedule annual maintenance service. This should include having your air filters changed and the ductwork cleaned in order to improve airflow and keep the system running efficiently. Don’t suffer from allergies and asthma. Call Aurora at 701-242-7202 to discuss optimization solutions for your HVAC system. Whether you opt for an annual HVAC tune-up or a new indoor air quality product, we can have your family breathing better in no time. 

MAKE SURE YOUR AC IS READY FOR SUMMER TEMPS

By Austin Heyen, Head of Aurora’s HVAC Division

Have you run your air conditioner yet this year?  Believe it or not, the temps will be heating up and we are going to need to run our AC units.

If your AC has developed any issues over the winter, the best thing you can do is refrain from using it until you’ve had it tuned-up. Instead of waiting just before the summer returns, however, you can get that maintenance check out of the way anytime before summer.

A few reasons to service your AC unit:

CLEAN=EFFICIENT

Check your air vents. If you can see dust there, just imagine how much could have formed inside the ducts and in the sensitive components of your air conditioner. Turning on your AC for the first time in several months, some of that dust might even come out and leave a bit of an odor.

The U.S. Department of Energy has found that nearly 25 to 40 percent of the energy used by your AC is wasted due to excessive dust in the system. The dust that can build up on the air conditioning coils and other parts of the system can reduce the AC’s cooling potential.

While air filters are put in place to help prevent this problem in the first place, dust manages to find its way inside the system through other entry points. Plus, if the filter gets too dirty for a prolonged period of time, it will be less effective in filtering out dust.

A little maintenance now saves time and money in the long run

There will come a time when you start running your air conditioner consistently. Soon after that, there will come days so hot that you’ll be very thankful to have a fully-operational air conditioner. The worst possible thing that could happen at that time? The AC breaks down and it’s likely to happen during the hottest part of the season, especially if the unit hasn’t received any maintenance since the year prior.

The most common issues that can cause a malfunction include refrigerant leaks, frozen evaporator coil, dirty condenser coil, broken blower motor or fan. Luckily those issues can be prevented with a quick tune-up.  Give us a call at Aurora Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling. We’d be happy to make sure you’re AC unit is ready when the temps start to rise.