Millions of Americans suffer from allergies but even later in life can develop sensitivities to new irritants. Outside of medication or moving to a more agreeable climate, air filtration is one of the best options available for treating allergy symptoms. Modern HVAC units found in Austin homes can be outfitted with equipment that filters many common pollens and dust.
In Austin, there is no shortage of pollens and molds that inflame allergies. With every spring and summer, eyes redden and noses become runny. The one place everyone should get a break from the constant irritation is home. This might not be easy with older buildings or apartment complexes. For homeowners, filtration systems can make a world of difference in health and well being.
There are different options for central home air filtration. Standard options typically include filters on interior ducts. This type of system, often using HEPA filters, needs to be regularly cleaned and replaced for maximum results. Newer techniques also make use of ultraviolet light to eliminate particles without need for direct filtering.
As a result of Austin’s long and proud culture of environmental protection, there is a lot of natural plant and wildlife in the area. Which type of pollen is currently assaulting your senses will depend on the time of year. In the spring, oak pollen has a heavy presence in the air. By summer, grass and weeds become more common, impacting the greatest number of people. Ragweed and dandelions also cause problems during the later summer months and into the fall. While most of Austin’s residents enjoy the city’s temperate climate, it also leads to nearly year round pollination. During the winter, cedar becomes the dominant pollen. Unlike other species, cedar pollen causes strong allergic reactions that can often mimic the flu.
One way to combat pollen, dust, and mold allergies is to use advanced air filters in conjunction with your central air conditioning and heating unit. Regularly replacing filters every one or two months will help allergy sufferers reduce reactions in the home. Of course, outside of the home is another story. However, regular HVAC maintenance and quality filters can help guarantee good sleep and quality breathing. More advanced respiratory issues, like asthma, requires medication though improvement air filtration can also help. Discuss any health related issues with a doctor.
New techniques become available every year to improve the air quality of your home. One of the more exciting recent developments is the use of ultraviolet light to remove tiny particles from the air. This material is often small enough to pass through residential filters. The light is not especially powerful but it does destroy some bacteria and pollen. Such products should be used along with traditional filters.
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