HVAC allergies refer to allergic reactions caused by components of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Signs and symptoms of HVAC allergies may include sneezing, coughing, itchy or watery eyes, nasal congestion, throat irritation, and asthma attacks. These allergies can be triggered by various factors, including:
- Dust mites: These microscopic bugs thrive in dust and can be found in HVAC filters, ducts, and other components. Inhaling their waste particles can trigger allergies.
- Mold: HVAC systems can provide a breeding ground for mold growth, particularly in humid environments. Mold spores released into the air can cause allergic reactions.
- Pet dander: If pets are present in a home or building with an HVAC system, their dander can get trapped in the system and circulate in the air, causing allergies in sensitive individuals.
- Pollen: If outdoor air is drawn into the HVAC system, it can carry pollen particles, leading to allergic reactions in people allergic to specific types of pollen.
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs): Certain HVAC components, such as adhesives, sealants, and cleaning products, can release VOCs into the air.
To reduce HVAC allergies, it is recommended to regularly clean and maintain HVAC systems, change filters frequently, control humidity levels, and consider using air purifiers or filters designed to capture allergens.
If you have any concerns about HVAC allergies, call us or go online to schedule a free inspection by one of our specialists at Pool Heating and Air.