Residential Filters and Allergies

High efficiency filters and even medium efficiency filters added to home HVAC systems can greatly help people who suffer from seasonal allergies, according to an article on Everyday Health.

It may surprise you to learn that indoor air pollution is often greater than outdoor air pollution. Outdoors, air circulates thanks to wind currents and changing weather conditions, but indoors, dust mites, pollen, and pet dander accumulate in carpets, drapes, air ducts and vents. If this particulate matter isn’t filtered out through the use of good quality medium or high efficiency air filters, it only increases inside the home, creating a sealed environment that may trigger more frequent allergy attacks among sufferers.

Most manufacturers install flat panel filters with MERV ratings under 4. These filters are inefficient at capturing pollen, dust, and mold spores from the air. Instead, pleated filters and high efficiency filters with MERV ratings of at least 13 and up do a better job of filtering common household allergens from the air. BUT if your HVAC system can’t move enough air through a MERV 13 filter, you could up filtering LESS pollen, dust and mold spores. Which is why you need to discuss your particular situation with Twin City Filter Service to come up with the best solution.

Filter Maintenance and Routine Replacement Is Essential

It’s not enough just to install high efficiency filters into your system, however. Routine maintenance and replacing dirty filters is also essential both for your health and for the health of your HVAC system. Extremely dirty filters force the blower motor to work harder to maintain the air flow which puts excess strain on it.

If you have allergies, wear a dust mask and gloves to protect yourself from the accumulated particles that may shake loose when replacing high efficiency filters. Immediately bag the used filter and move it outside where it can be placed in the trash for pickup. You may also want to take a shower immediately afterwards to wash any pollen, dust or other allergens from your skin or hair.

Twin City Filter Service offers a wide range of high efficiency filters, HEPA filters, and other types of filters for residential and commercial systems. We have decades of experience working with all types of filters and can help you find cost effective ways to replace existing filters. We ship same day to customers coast to coast, and offer next day delivery in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota. Twin City Filter may be reached at (612) 721-4000

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