Flowers are already blossoming in Nashville, TN, which means more pollen in the air. Pollen and other allergens can get inside your home, causing increased allergy symptoms and more difficulty sleeping at night. These three tips for reducing allergens in your Nashville metropolitan area home will help you breathe easier.

Choose a High MERV Air Filter

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reported Value. It is a way of rating the size of particles captured by air filters. The higher the MERV rating, the smaller the particles it captures. Choose the highest MERV rating possible so your HVAC system’s filter can capture pollen, biological growth, dust, and more. You can change the filter yourself or have a technician do it.

Increase Ventilation

Increasing your home’s ventilation reduces allergens in your home, explains the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America. Your HVAC system may have a fan-only function. If it’s time for you to get a new heating and cooling system, you could choose one that allows for constant fan cycling, which brings in fresh outdoor air and sends it through the air filter. The clean air then enters your living spaces. Boosting ventilation also decreases indoor humidity. Lower indoor humidity levels mean less biological growth in your home.

Consider an Air Cleaner

There are many different types of indoor air cleaners. Portable units may use ozone or activated charcoal. You can move them from room to room. They filter the air for 200 to 400 square feet of space. They work well in bedrooms. You could also get a whole-house air purifier. These units work along with your furnace, heat pump or air conditioner and clean the air as it passes through the air handler and air filter. The whole-house systems can get rid of biological growth, pet dander, viruses, bacteria, pollen, and more.

For more information about how better indoor air quality can improve your health, check out Busy Bee Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning’s indoor air quality services or call today.

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