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How to Reduce Pollen in Your Home

Just when you thought we were past cold and flu (and COVID) season, we’re now smack dab in the middle of our least favorite time of year: allergy season. Tree, grass, and weed pollen usually hits the upper-Midwest from April to June. Some allergy-sufferers opt to stay indoors on high-pollen days, but pollen can be lurking in places you haven’t thought of, like your HVAC system.

Your HVAC system works to move air throughout your home. When you finally decide to flip your A/C on, allergens will inevitably get spread around. In fact, many people experience heightened allergy symptoms after turning their A/C on for the first time each year. Pollen spores are tiny which makes them one of the most difficult allergens to avoid. However, there are several ways your HVAC service provider can help reduce pollen and other allergens from entering your home.


Choosing the Right Type of Air Filter

Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values (MERVs) are used to describe a filter’s ability to capture larger particles. In most residential homes, we suggest using pleated air filters that fall anywhere between 5 and 8 MERVs. These filters can help significantly reduce particles like pollen, mold, and dust mites throughout your home. For more information on which type of air filter is right for your unique home, contact the HVAC professionals at Valor Mechanical.


Duct Cleaning

Duct cleaning is not for the faint of heart. Along with dirt, debris, and pollen, it’s not uncommon to find insects, rodents, rotten food, and more hidden inside your home’s ductwork. Imagining these items being pushed through the air in your home can make your skin crawl! We recommend air duct cleaning every 3 to 5 years, after a home construction project, or when moving into a new home. For all your duct cleaning needs, we suggest trusting the friendly and professional team at MedCity Duct Cleaning.


Preventative Maintenance

Your HVAC system may be out of sight, but it should never be out of mind. Over time, dirty cooking coils, fan motors, and blades can cause dirt and moisture to enter the ducts. This can become a breeding ground for mold. Not only will this directly affect the health of your family, but it can also cause your system and its parts to wear out faster.


Reduce pollen and allergens from entering your home by calling the HVAC professionals at Valor Mechanical. We can provide a full inspection of your system and help you breathe easier this spring.