March 23, 2023
Spring is almost here! Welcoming the new season is exciting, unfortunately, it also means it’s time for seasonal allergies. We usually focus on pollen and other allergens outside, but did you know that more allergens could actually be inside your home? The EPA reports that indoor air can hold 2 to 5 higher concentrations of pollutants.
Do you feel like you suffer from allergy symptoms inside of your greater metro Atlanta home just as much—or worse—than outside? If so, you may have indoor air quality issues. Indoor air quality can have some serious effects on your health, and at Anchor, we want to help. Whether you suffer from seasonal or year-round allergies, air purifiers can relieve symptoms.
Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality, or IAQ, refers to the air quality in a building, and specifically how it relates to the health and comfort of the building’s occupants. Those who suffer from allergies or asthma are more susceptible from the effects of poor indoor air quality and are at risk of worsening their conditions.
There are many things that can cause poor indoor air quality, like:
Outdoor pollutants and allergens coming inside from air leaks and open windows
Indoor pollutants like volatile organic compounds (VOCs), pet dander, dust, and carbon monoxide
Mold growth from excess moisture and humidity
Air Purifier Benefits
The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology states that air filtration can help with airborne allergy symptoms. However, there are many types of air purifiers on the market, and not all of them will be effective against allergies. For example, ionic electrostatic cleaners, UV light ionizers, and fiberglass filters will not remove airborne allergens.
When looking for an air filter to help with asthma and allergies, look for a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) rating of 10 or higher. A MERV rating determines an air filter's performance by its ability to capture larger particles of contaminants between 0.3 and 10 microns. Other great options for air purifiers are high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.. HEPA filters work by forcing air through a filter that will trap pollen, dander, and other particles under 0.3 microns.
The Aprilaire MERV13, RGF REME HALO, and Abatement HEPA filters that we carry at Anchor Heating & Air are all great options for air purifiers in your Atlanta home. In addition to seasonal allergy relief, these air purifiers can also provide benefits, like:
Reducing the spread of airborne viruses
Eliminating unpleasant odors
It’s important to also keep humidity out of your home to combat allergies. The ideal humidity levels in a home should be between 30-50%. This will prevent mold growth and potential damage to your Atlanta home. At Anchor, we carry the Trane Envirowise whole home dehumidifier line. These dehumidifiers are ENERGY STAR rated for high efficiency operation and offer MERV 11 filtration for superior indoor air quality.
Call Anchor For Allergy Relief
If you’re ready to take the next step and relieve your allergy symptoms, call the experts at Anchor Heating & Air. We carry a wide variety of indoor air quality products, like HEPA filters, air purifiers, and whole home dehumidifiers to help with:
Get help with seasonal allergies. Call 470-632-7577 or contact us online.