HVAC tips to allergen-proof your space

Allergic reactions like hay fever are an annoyance at the best of times, but the events of 2020 have shone a new spotlight on respiratory conditions and on minimising coughing and sneezing, especially in indoor shared spaces like workplaces and hospitality venues.

Your HVAC system can go a long way towards allergen-proofing your space, but it’s important to keep up with your HVAC maintenance to avoid simply circulating allergens and other irritants around your interiors.

So, here are some helpful HVAC tips to allergen-proof your space.

Reduce dust levels

Often, coughing and sneezing is caused not by allergens like pollen, but simply by dust circulating in the air.

HVAC maintenance should include deep cleaning to remove dust from your vents and ducts, as well as from parts of your air conditioning unit like the air intakes and filters.

Reducing dust levels is one of the easiest and most effective ways to make your HVAC system deal with allergens better – so don’t neglect it.

Clean filters

HVAC filters, which we have just mentioned, deserve extra attention. Another way to allergen-proof your space is to check them regularly, clean them if appropriate, and replace them when necessary.

Some HVAC systems support the use of HEPA filters. You may know of HEPA filters from their use in vacuum cleaners, where they prevent dust from getting out of the machine and into the air.

Likewise in HVAC systems, a HEPA filter can remove more dust, allergens and other irritants from the air output, so there’s less risk of occupants suffering from hay fever or other allergies.

Monitor moisture levels

HVAC systems can affect the humidity level of the air in your premises, either deliberately or as an unintended consequence of heating, cooling, and circulating the air.

It’s worth monitoring moisture levels in the air in your premises. Relative humidity should be around 40-50% when possible.

Higher humidity allows bacteria to live for longer, while very dry air can be irritating to the throat too – so keep it in the sweet spot to avoid coughs, sneezes, and infections.

Get help with HVAC maintenance

The best thing you can do is to call in the experts to examine your HVAC system and make suggestions on HVAC maintenance and cleaning, as well as replacing or updating any parts that are not pulling their weight.

At hebs Group our engineers have years of experience on preventative

expertise to your equipment too. Call us today on 0151 2360707 or email usinfo@hebs-group.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help.

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