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AC and Allergens: How Air Conditioning Fights Cedar Fever and More

AC and cedar fever allergens

One of the common misconceptions is that your HVAC is only responsible for the heating and cooling of your home.

But as its name implies, your air conditioner is conditioning the air, making it more suitable for everyday living. As such, one of the biggest jobs it performs is freeing the air of allergens like pollen. With cedar season in full swing, a well-maintained AC unit can actually be a big help in the fight against cedar fever.

Filtered Out

Just as a well-tuned air conditioner can reduce allergens in the air, a poorly maintained one can end up circulating them right back into your home. For this reason, it’s important to pay close attention to air filters. It’s also important to know that not all filters are created equal! You have several options available to you if you want to take a step up from basic filtration and start getting serious against pollen and germs.

  • Electronic/Electrostatic Filters: By introducing a high-voltage current to air, certain particles stick to an oppositely-charged collector and are removed from circulation.
  • Extended Media Filters: Basically a heavy-duty filter that is many, many layers thicker than a conventional air filter.
  • Ultraviolet Filters: UV light emitted by these filters can kill germs before they ever leave your ductwork.
  • HEPA Filters: High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration reduces small particles in air by significant degrees. The most effective ones available capture 99.97% of 0.3-micron particles, and they can be installed without upgrading your HVAC system.

Keep Checking In

Apart from filtration, routine maintenance of your HVAC system is a key part of making sure your home is free of allergens like cedar pollen. Licensed AC technicians can check elements of your system such as your thermostat, condenser, wiring connections, and many more for faults. During peak pollen seasons, it’s a good idea to make sure that things are in working order. After all, a good air filter can only do its job if air is actually circulating through your house.

Your Health is Important to Us

Cedar fever can be debilitating, often displaying flu-like symptoms. With that in mind, we want to make sure your home is free from allergens like pollen, as well as other undesirable things like mold and bacteria. An AC unit that is working improperly does more harm than good, circulating these things around your house and increasing your chance of getting sick.

If you’d like to take a step toward a healthier home and family, contact Stan’s AC today. We’ve been Austin’s HVAC experts since 1954, and we’re ready to tackle all your HVAC needs.