Autumn in Irmo, South Carolina, region means fall colors and cooler weather. However, drizzling rain, dust, pollen and biological growth can create health issues for those with allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems. Here are several ways to combat fall allergy symptoms.

Clean Frequently

Cleaning frequently removes sources of pollutants that cause allergies. Wipe surfaces often to remove pollen and dust. Vacuum carpets, furniture and curtains. Wash bedding in hot water weekly to remove dust mites and pet dander. Keep clutter to a minimum to discourage insect infestations. Cockroach leavings and insect parts are asthma triggers.

Use Air Conditioning

To keep allergens out of the house, keep windows shut and use air conditioning. Upgrade the air filter on your HVAC unit to one that removes smaller particulates. MERV, or minimum efficiency reporting value, describes the effectiveness of filters at removing pollutants. For most residential uses, filters rated MERV 8 to 13 provide adequate filtration. The higher the number, the better the filtration. Check with your HVAC contractor to make sure that the new filter will not restrict airflow in your heating and air conditioning system.

Improve Indoor Air Quality

Your heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractor can help improve the air quality of your home or business. The Environmental Protection Agency states that improving the quality of indoor air includes removing sources of pollution, increasing ventilation and using air cleaners. Indoor air quality products include ventilators, exhaust fans, UV lights, whole-house air cleaners and humidifiers and dehumidifiers.

Cassell Brothers Heating & Cooling has provided a full range of HVAC services to residents of the Piedmont area since 2008. Our technicians are NATE-certified, demonstrating expertise in all aspects of HVAC installation and maintenance. Our indoor air quality services include evaluating the quality of air in your home or business and providing products that keep the air clean. Call (803) 567-1858 to talk to one of our friendly staff.