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Using Your AC to Fight Allergies

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The sun is shining and boxes of tissues are flying off the shelves – it must be spring in San Antonio. If you’ve had enough of your puffy, red eyes and are over your constant sneezing fits, it’s time to look inside for allergy solutions. Is your air conditioner helping or hindering your breathing? When is the last time you changed your air filter? At Elmer’s One Hour Air, we recommend that you change your air filter on the first of every month to combat San Antonio’s seasonal allergies. For premium filtration, invest in high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. There are several brands to choose from at your local super stores. To qualify as a HEPA filter, the air filter must remove 99.97% of air particles 0.3 micrometers and above in diameter. For a visual, the average width of a human hair is 80 micrometers. HEPA filters will keep even the smallest allergens out of your air. Another option for easier breathing in your home is a Photohydroionization Advanced Oxidation UV light in your home. A PAO light in your HVAC unit will remove bacteria, mold, odors, viruses, smoke and VOCs from your air. They’ve even been tested and proven to kill 99+% of H1N1. Guardian Air’s brand of UV treatment and filtration is even proactive, sending oxidizers into your home to seek and destroy pollutants at their source. Other great tips for reducing contact with allergens in your home are:
  • Opt for bare floors instead of carpeting, where allergens and dust can gather.
  • Wash your laundry in hot water to kill dust mites.
  • Keep windows and doors closed as often as possible to avoid letting allergens inside.
  • Bathe pets that go outside regularly, as they will track in allergens.
And remember, in these warm spring and summer months, use your air conditioner to filter out allergens and distribute cool, clean air!