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Damien McCusker, Manager of Arpi's residential service division, has been working in the HVAC industry for 16 years and has hands-on experience in new home installations, furnace and air conditioner replacements, sales and residential service. He spends most of his spare time being an UBER driver, driving his kids to soccer practice and games.

Summer Allergies A Problem? 5 Tips For Creating A More Comfortable Home Environment

Phil Laprairie

Summer Allergies A Problem? 5 Tips For Creating A More Comfortable Home EnvironmentSummer allergies are an unavoidable misery in many American households. While it’s unlikely you’ll be able to completely remove all allergens from your home, here are five things you can do to significantly reduce the amount of dust, pollen and other allergy-triggering substances in your indoor air.

  1. Keep HVAC system filters clean: Change the filters in your home cooling once a month if they are dirty. Otherwise, change filters every three months. Filters capture and remove allergens and particulates from your home’s air as it flows through your HVAC system. Use a high-MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) filter for more effective removal of dust, pollen and other allergens.
  2. Install air cleaners: Air cleaners and purifiers are very good at removing airborne allergens. They are installed within your cooling system so that all the air moving through the system also flows through the air cleaner. Highly efficient filters remove particulates from the air. Air cleaners are available that provide filtration at HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) levels of 17-20 MERV.
  3. Apply ultraviolet (UV) light: UV light kills biological contaminants and allergens in your home’s air, such as mold, bacteria and other microorganisms. UV light systems are also installed so that they can treat all the air flowing through your HVAC system.
  4. Clean, vacuum and dust regularly: Clean your home at least weekly to cut down on the accumulation of dust and other items that might trigger summer allergies. Vacuum rugs and carpets; dust shelves, counter tops and furnishings; and clean furniture coverings and fabric furnishings thoroughly.
  5. Stop the growth of mold: Thoroughly clean your bathroom regularly, paying particular attention to corners of tubs and shower stalls and other hard-to-reach areas. Clean bath mats and shower curtains with a hot water and bleach solution or a commercial cleaner. Use the ventilating fan when you are showering or using water.

Arpi’s Industries Ltd. has been proving expert HVAC and home comfort services to customers in Calgary, Alberta, and surrounding areas since the company’s founding 49 years ago. Contact us today for more information on what you can do to take better control of summer allergies and keep your indoor environment more comfortable.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about reducing summer allergies and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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