For most people Springtime is a joyous celebration, flowers are blooming, birds are singing. For others, it can mean itchy eyes, sneezing and a cabinet full of allergy medication just to make it through the day.

But without the right air filters and regular maintenance of your air conditioning system, you could be sniffling and sneezing through the whole season.

Here are five facts to help you choose the right air filters in order to survive allergy season.

#1 Managing your indoor air quality is a three-way battle

First is filtration (Filters used in your furnace and air conditioner are designed to trap particles). Humidity( can make conditions ripe for the growth of mold and mildew). Lastly, there is Infiltration(air leaking inside your home).

#2 Regular air filters are designed to protect your HVAC equipment, not your health.

Most people believe that regular air filters keep dust and particulates out of the air. In reality, regular air filters are designed to keep particulates from damaging your HVAC or furnace equipment, not your lungs.

#3 Change is good!

You should change filters more often than you think, especially during high pollen season. It’s recommended to change air filters once every other month, depending on your area. Call Rusk Heating and Cooling with any questions about how and when to replace HVAC filters.

#4 A filter can’t do it alone

Regular maintenance of your air conditioning system is crucial to a healthy indoor environment. The air you breathe cycles through your air conditioning system at least 5 times a day. It’s recommended that you have your air conditioning system maintained at least once a year to avoid buildup of dust, mold, and pollen.

#5 Ordinary paper filters just don’t cut it

Paper filters are designed to catch dust particulates, but do very little for smaller particles like pollen and mold. HEPA or “High energy particulate filters” trap these smaller particles which affect allergies.

Choosing the right air filter doesn’t just save your health, but it also saves you money. Contact Rusk Heating and Cooling and speak with the professional today.