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4 Ways Your HVAC System Impacts Allergies

Allergies can turn your day into a nightmare of congestion, sniffling and coughing. Typical indoor allergens include mold spores, dust mites, cockroaches, pet dander, pollen from outside and house dust.

Here are 4 ways your HVAC system could be making things worse and how to deal with it.

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Typical pleated filters don't catch tiny allergen particles. You'll need HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters capable of stopping 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns or larger. To put it into perspective, dog dander is about 2.5 microns and mold spores range from 10 to 30 microns. Keep in mind that HEPA filters affect airflow and the performance of your furnace so you need to discuss this with an HVAC professional before making the change.

Filters must be changed every four months typically but if you're fighting allergies, you need to replace them more frequently. Allergens that build up on the filter can be blown through the ductwork and the longer you leave it, the worse your symptoms will get.

Humidity
High humidity can create the perfect conditions for allergens like mold and dust mites to inhabit your home. Low humidity levels can exacerbate your symptoms by drying out your nasal passage and throat.

If you have a humidifier, have it checked and serviced to ensure that it maintains the right humidity levels in your home. The ideal range is 40-50% in the summer or 30% in the winter. If you have no humidity control at all, you may want to consider adding a humidifier to your home's HVAC system.

Temperature
Certain allergens like dust mites thrive in warm temperatures and poor thermal distribution can create the ideal environment for them to thrive.

Ensure that your HVAC air distribution and controls are in working order to maintain the right temperature in your home. If you have no air conditioning, you lose the benefits of both humidity and temperature control in the summer, which can make you miserable with allergy symptoms.

Ventilation
Ventilation brings in outdoor air to reduce the level of indoor allergens in your home. It helps reduce humidity in key areas like bathrooms and the kitchen and discourages allergens from multiplying. If you have an allergy to pollen or other outdoor allergens, ventilation is still a must. Just ensure that you have the right air filter and this will mitigate the effects of outdoor allergens entering your home.

If you're concerned about your allergies and need to optimize your HVAC system, give us a call and we can help you assess and make modifications so you can breathe easy.

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Are You Using the Right Thermostat?

There is no HVAC system which will be the exact right match for every home or homeowner. The same is true of the thermostat used to regulate the operation of that HVAC system.

There is no HVAC system which will be the exact right match for every home or homeowner. The same is true of the thermostat used to regulate the operation of that HVAC system. However, there is certainly a thermostat out there that will suit your individual needs and user preferences better than the rest. Is it the one that you are using? Read on to learn more about the ways in which various thermostats may benefit you. If you think that it is time for a new thermostat in Parkland, FL, just give All-Pro Electrical & Air Conditioning a call today.

  • Digital thermostats are a great starting point for those homeowners interested in heating and cooling their homes with greater precision than a manual model would allow for. Everything, from the push-button controls to digital display, works in favor of the homeowner using a digital thermostat. A basic model will allow you to set temperatures accurately, which itself can help to boost efficiency. With a programmable model, you can set up a temperature schedule built around your daily routine to further boost comfort, convenience, and savings.
  • Wireless thermostats are also quite popular these days. Rather than wiring a thermostat right into an HVAC system, the wireless thermostat instead features a receiver which is wired into the system. The control is free to roam about your home, meaning that you don't have to get up in order to adjust the operation of your HVAC system.
  • Smart thermostats are ideal for those homeowners interested in using newer technology in order to save energy and to use their HVAC systems more effectively. With a smart thermostat, you can adjust your HVAC system via your phone or laptop. You can also track energy usage in order to ensure that you are not dragging down your efficiency in any way. Contact us to discuss all available thermostat models.
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How Changing Your Air Filter Benefits You

The air filter in your HVAC system is not really designed to boost the quality of the air throughout your home. You'll need a designated air filtration system for that. The air filter in your HVAC system is not really designed to boost the quality of the air throughout your home. You'll need a designated air filtration system for that. Instead, it serves to protect your HVAC system and its sensitive components from problems caused by the excessive buildup of pollutants therein and thereon. That being said, changing your air filter can benefit you in a number of different ways. If you are unsure of how often you should be cleaning or replacing your air filter, refer to the literature which accompanied your system. Generally, doing so every few months should suffice. If you need help in changing your air filter in Highland Beach, FL, contact the professional technicians here at All-Pro Electrical & Air Conditioning.
  1. The first way in which changing your air filter regularly can benefit you is by protecting the overall performance quality of your HVAC system. If you are using a forced air distribution system, such as a furnace, heat pump, or central AC, then a clogged air filter can decrease the airflow of your system, as it meets too much airflow resistance. This can negatively impact the overall quality with which your system heats and/or cools your home.
  2. Changing your air filter is also a great way in which to ensure that you are heating and/or cooling your home efficiently. If your system must fight to force air through a clogged air filter, then it is going to use more energy than it should have to in heating and cooling your home. This can wind up costing you more in energy expenses.
  3. Additionally, keep in mind the strain that competing with a clogged air filter can have on your system. If your heater and/or air conditioner must struggle to force air through a clogged filter, it will suffer unnecessary wear and tear in doing so. This can increase the risk of damage to your system, and can potentially shorten its lifespan.
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3 Reasons to Use a Heat Pump

Are you considering the installation of a new air conditioning system? Before deciding to use the familiar split central system that you've relied upon in the past, we encourage you to consider carefully the benefits that a heat pump has to offer.

Are you considering the installation of a new air conditioning system? Before deciding to use the familiar split central system that you've relied upon in the past, we encourage you to consider carefully the benefits that a heat pump has to offer. There are a few different reasons as to why heat pumps in Deerfield, FL have become so popular. Before you can fully understand them, of course, it is necessary to better understand what a heat pump is and how such systems operate. Read the following information, and let us know if you have any questions. Should you decide that  a heat pump is right for you, schedule your heat pump services with a member of our staff. 

What is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is a type of HVAC system which is capable of both heating and cooling a home. During the summer season, the heat pump acts just like a split central cooling system. Heat is absorbed from the air in the home, and the cooled air is then redistributed throughout the house. During the winter, though, the system is able to reverse its operation. Ambient heat from the air outside is used to warm air, and that air is then used to warm the interior of a house.

3 Benefits of Using a Heat Pump

  1. Convenience: When you have a heat pump, you can use just one system to heat and cool your home. Just switch your heat pump back and forth between modes as needed. You won't have to worry about investing in two systems.
  2. Efficiency: A heat pump is one of the most effective means by which to heat your home. Considering how mild our winters tend to be anyway, they are perfectly suited to the climate around here. Cut down on energy costs without sacrificing comfort.
  3. Reliability: Heat pumps feature relatively few moving parts, and are renowned for their reliability and longevity. You are going to use your heat pump throughout the year, remember. Don't forget to schedule routine maintenance so that your system functions precisely as it ought to.
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