After a long, cold winter — many of us can’t wait for the springtime weather to start. We have waited patiently to enjoy the outdoors again, after all! Although most of us may be excited, one thing some of us dread about the spring is the allergies that come along with it.

What is pollen, and how can your HVAC system help to reduce it in your home? | G&R Heating and Air

Definition of pollen

According to the CDC, pollen consists of tiny seeds produced by plants as part of their reproductive system. Pollen can be transported as the wind blows by or by bees, butterflies, and other insects.

How pollen affects you

One of the most common allergies is to pollen! It’s also known as “hay fever” or “seasonal allergic rhinitis”, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Itchy eyes and congestion are common this time of year as flowers and trees start to blossom—all thanks to pollen.

Fighting back against pollen and allergies

Although you can’t see it, pollen can become attached to your clothes and hair. A few things that you can do to avoid reactions to pollen are:

  • Staying indoors when the pollen count is high and keeping windows closed
  • Changing clothes after being outside
  • Washing bedding weekly
  • Shower and wash your hair daily
  • Using a HEPA filter in your HVAC system
  • Getting a professional duct cleaning
  • Installing a whole-home air purification system

Reducing allergens with whole-home air purification

At Absolute Comfort, we know how much allergies can potentially affect your health. It’s for this reason we take pride in stocking and installing whole home air purification systems! A few solutions that can help are UV (ultraviolet) lights for HVAC, as well as the iWave-R system for even more purifying power.

UV lights in your HVAC system are a simple, cost-effective air purification method that may help to reduce symptoms of allergies. UV lights disinfect the air and help to reduce airborne viruses and bacteria. They also help to prevent mold and mildew growth. While UV lights to help to purify the air, they are not as effective at reducing particulates in the air, such as pollen.

The iWave-R Is a whole home air purification system that addresses particulates by using bipolar ionization technology. This technology creates equal amounts of positive and negative ions; in fact, it mimics ions created by nature. As air passes the iWave, the ions are created and begin to flow throughout your HVAC system. The ions will remove hydrogen molecules from bacteria and mold, causing them to be unable to reproduce.

Furthermore, pollen and other particulates (e.g. dust, pet dander, etc) will attach to the ions. This causes them to “clump together,” making them more easily caught and contained by your existing filter.

Also remember: the iWave-R can be installed in tandem with a UV light in most systems, bringing the advantages of both to purify the air in your home.

How do I get a whole-home air purification system to reduce pollen and allergens?

You can rely on a Absolute Comfort technician for all of your indoor air quality needs!

Our highly skilled and trained team can install an iWave-R system and/or UV light to help get your allergies under control and reduce pollen, mold, and bacteria in your home. These systems are installable in virtually any existing duct-based HVAC system.

Call 815-893-9276 today to schedule an appointment, or contact us online!