Allergies related to pollen affect millions of Americans. Itchy eyes, runny noses, sneezing, and fatigue are just a few of the symptoms caused by allergens. Reducing the effects of these systems in your office can drastically improve workflow, morale, and efficiency. By maintaining your HVAC systems, you can reduce the number of allergens present in your office, and mitigate their effects.
Pollen can be the most difficult allergen to get rid of and avoid. During the warmer months, all types of plants release pollen into the air. As a result, pollen ends up in offices through their a/c systems. If this is an issue that affects your office, the first step you should take is to call an HVAC maintenance provider, such as BRAVO!, to assess the situation. There are a few simple procedures, which will be described in detail below, that can help reduce the effects of allergens in your office.
One of the most effective solutions is to clean the air ducts that run throughout your office. Allergens such as dust and pollen collect in these ducts over time, and serve to exacerbate office workers’ allergies. Maintaining your HVAC through routine cleanings is one of the easiest ways to reduce or prevent allergy symptoms in the workplace.
You should especially consider scheduling a cleaning if your building has recently been renovated, has never had a cleaning, or your workers are experiencing symptoms of allergies.
What Kind of Filter Do You Need?
One thing you may not know is that typical air conditioning filters are designed only to protect against large debris from entering your building. They do not, however, protect against allergens such as pollen.
In order to protect against allergens, you are going to need a high-energy particulate air (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters are able to trap over 90% of pollen and other allergens through the use of layers made out of glass fibers. In order to continue to protect your building against allergens, you will need to have your HEPA filter changed approximately every other month. If your filter is not properly maintained, you will risk having it become clogged and damaging your HVAC system. Considering this, you should make sure to contact a service provider, such as BRAVO!, who will be able to answer questions regarding maintenance, as well as provide you with information as to what specific filter you will need for your building.
The last thing to consider in regards to an air filter is its MERV rating. MERV stands for minimum efficiency reporting value – a score given to air filters which reflects their efficiency as it relates to protecting against differently sized debris. To be sure that your filter will be able to protect against allergens, request an air filter with a MERV rating that is at or above 10.
By utilizing this information along with the services provided by BRAVO!, maintaining your HVAC can be extraordinarily easy and effective.
If you have any further questions regarding HVAC maintenance as it relates to allergens and pollen, feel free to contact us.