We are heading into the peak of Fall soon and that means one thing, the return of ragweed. Those of you who are familiar with Fall’s top allergen and those who are impacted by it, can find remedies to help find some relief. For example, finding the right type of air filter to filter out those pesky allergens.
Sources of Allergens
Most people think that the source of allergies is usually an outside factor, but don’t forget that bacteria lives and grows everywhere. Your home is also susceptible to air pollution especially during the colder season since you’re basically trapping yourself indoors with all of the dust mites, mold spores, and pet dander.
When the bacteria has no where else to go it starts to thrive in your home. This is where an air purifier can be beneficial, but to a limited extent.
Why Air Filters?
The use of an air filter is to reduce allergy and asthma symptoms by cleaning the air in your home, while improving your indoor air quality. If you’re sneezing and sniffling, finding the right filter for you is the way to go.
Types of Filters
We recommend doing some research before purchasing an air filter as there are different types and you should find one that best fits your needs. Below are a few options to review.
1. Fiberglass Filters: These are the traditional types of filters that have been used for decades. They’re the most basic type that you can get because they are affordable and a good entry way for those looking to try out filters. The only downside is that they aren’t that reliable when it comes to trapping allergens and pollutants.
2. Pleated Fiberglass Filter: These filters have a thicker surface area and will filter around 45% of the allergens and pollutants in your home. However, because they are thicker they will constrict air flow, which means you’d be spending more on energy cost.
3. High- Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filter: These are considered the top grade air filters in which they remove up to 98% of pollutants. These filters are able to trap microbes down to .1 micron in size. Because they have the thickest surface area the energy costs will be even higher compared to the Pleated Fiberglass. On the bright side though, they have the highest effective rate on improving allergy symptoms.
Keep in mind that air filters aren’t an overall solution for your allergy problems, but more as an environmental aid. Also, keeping your indoor environment clean will boost the effects of your air filter. If you’re curious about what type of air filter is best for your situation, call the Long Air team so we can walk you through our various Trane products to find the best match for your home.
The experts at Long Air Conditioning can help from maintenance to unit replacement and so much more. For any other inquiries please call 936-756-5645 or visit longac.com.