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How Can You Beat Allergy Season? Enlist the Help of Your AC

Published on: May 9, 2012

Now that spring has returned to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, your allergies may be back as well. To improve your resistance to outdoor allergy triggers and improve indoor air quality, make sure that you get regular AC service. An annual tune-up every spring for your air conditioner keeps the air flowing without interruption in your Fort Walton Beach home. For the best indoor air quality, it is important that your yearly AC service includes changing the air filter. You should also plan to change the filter quarterly between AC service appointments.

The filter in your air conditioner helps to improve indoor air quality by trapping dust, pollen, dander from animals and other pollutants that may be in your air. Unfortunately, the average static filter only traps 10 percent of airborne particles, which may not be enough if you are an allergy or asthma sufferer. For even better indoor air quality, consider upgrading to a stronger filter. A pleated filter is able to capture more airborne debris because its folded corners reach a wider radius. The next strongest filter is the electrostatic filter, which attracts airborne pollutants with an electrical charge and then releases them into a collection pan.

The strongest filter you can buy for your air conditioner is the HEPA filter. HEPA, an acronym for high efficiency particulate arresting, can trap up to 99 percent of the dust and other debris in the air of your home. This includes particles that are 0.3 microns and larger. HEPA filters are typically available from an AC service company in washable or reusable form. This can save considerable money on having to replace the filter quarterly.

You can also ensure that your AC is operating at maximum efficiency by investing in a ceiling fan and having enough insulation in your attic and walls.