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Is Your HVAC Making Your Allergies Worse?

Your HVAC is tasked with keeping you and your family comfortable, but did you also know that your HVAC unit, along with your home’s air quality, can affect your health? Here in Gainesville, Florida, we experience humidity and pollen regularly that accumulates in your HVAC and aggravates allergies. If your HVAC is on the decline or your ducts are dirty, you may notice your allergy symptoms beginning to worsen. Read on to learn more and find out what you can do to give your home purer air.

Your HVAC and Your Allergies

If your HVAC unit shows signs it is failing or your ducts are overdue for inspection and cleaning, your allergy symptoms may flare up more than usual. You may experience any combination of the following:

  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Headache
  • Scratchy throat
  • Fatigue
  • Dirty Ducts

Common allergens, including dust, mold, pollen, pet dander, and even cockroach droppings (seriously), can build up in your ductwork, causing your HVAC to run inefficiently as it recirculates unclean air. Your HVAC unit’s air filters can effectively remove many of these allergens, but contaminants nevertheless build up over time, making it essential to schedule routine maintenance performed by skilled HVAC technicians.

Dying HVAC

Some common signs of a failing HVAC unit include strange noises or smells, the unit running without turning off, increasing energy bills, and ineffective heating and cooling. When you have your unit inspected and maintained by professional technicians, they can advise you on the best air filtration system for your needs or recommend a special filter such as ultraviolet, electrostatic, or extended media. Alternatively, it may be time for an upgraded unit to better combat the contaminants that exacerbate allergies.

Dirty Air Filters

Changing your HVAC’s air filters too infrequently can also exacerbate your allergies. The recommended replacement timeframe is 90 days, so if you have not changed your filters past this date, they could also be to blame for your allergy misery.

Breathe Easier With Comfort Temp

If your family is suffering from worsening allergies, let Comfort Temp help you. Our team of NADCA certified expert technicians will inspect your HVAC and clean your ductwork to remove the contaminants that make you and your family sick, or we can tell you the best HVAC unit for allergies. Contact us today to set up your regular maintenance or duct cleaning services to make the air you breathe clean again – your allergies will thank you!

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