The Right Air Filters for Spring Allergies

A dirty air filter on the left and a clean air filter on the right

Air Filters for Spring Allergies

If you’re battling spring allergies or just want to improve your air quality while pollen and other pollutants are floating around this spring, make sure your HVAC system is helping clean the air. At the very minimum, you’ll want to keep an eye on your system’s air filters to make sure they don’t get too dirty from the spring air.

But even when you do have clean filters, are you confident that those filters are helping to improve your indoor air quality? In spring, if you start to experience heightened allergy symptoms, they may not be. Here are the best filters to get for your HVAC system and any air cleaning units in your home.

For Your HVAC

Your HVAC system can be fitted with a filter ranging in efficiency. They are measured with a rating called the minimum efficiency reporting value, or MERV, rating, and the higher the number, the more particles are filtered out. However, this also means that higher-MERV filters will restrict airflow due to their tighter fibers.

A good rating for home HVAC systems is 13. This level helps to reduce harmful particles in the air that may contribute to allergy symptoms, and will still allow adequate airflow from your furnace or air conditioner.

To Clean the Air

You may also have air-cleaning devices in your home. Whether they are personal-sized, room-sized, or home-sized, they need to be equipped with a high-quality filter in order to catch tiny particles. Since their main job is to filter the air, they can handle higher MERV ratings.

You’ll want to use a HEPA filter for air purifiers, which can filter out particles at 0.3 microns 99.7 percent of the time. This includes common pollutants such as pet dander, pollen, dust, and more.

Keeping Your Home Comfortable All Year

The Vander Hyde Services team is dedicated to your comfort at home. Contact our team today at (616) 319-2125 to see how our modern indoor air quality solutions can help you breathe better air.

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