Super Blooms and Super Sneezes: Eliminate Pollen from Your HVAC System

Allergy Season Is Here for Pasadena, Monrovia and La Canada. Here’s How to Reduce Pollen in Your Home.

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“Super Blooms” can lead to “Super Sneezes!”

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year, qualifying it as the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. That’s a lot of tissue! And with this year’s wet winter, flowers and foliage are blooming even more intensely than usual, making for a beautiful “Super Bloom” but creating a health emergency for many in the San Gabriel Valley. This situation can present an irritant overload, even for HVAC systems.

Your heating and air conditioning system is tasked with moving outside air through your indoor environment. That means whatever irritants are outside are quite naturally dispersed throughout the workings of your HVAC system, and blown through the ductwork into your home. Dust, pollen, and other airborne debris land on curtains, sofas, carpets and other soft surfaces, where they exacerbate allergies you might already be experiencing.

Luckily, there are solutions to this common problem. If you’re sneezing in Duarte, Covina, West Covina or South Pasadena, check our list below!

Air Purifiers

For those particularly susceptible to airborne irritants and allergies anywhere in the Southland, consider ending the struggle once and for all with the installation of a powerful HVAC air purification system. Today’s advanced technologies can remove up to 99% of organic debris from the air you and your family will breathe.

With filter-based equipment placed at air intake points or a duct-based system placed directly in the air duct pathway within the main HVAC unit, you can literally “fix it and forget it” 24/7 when your system is working. For those who would otherwise have to endure a miserable allergy season even while indoors, it’s a practical way to promote good health at home.

Specialized Filters

As you might have guessed, special HVAC allergy filters are available, designed specifically to remove irritants like mold and pollen from the air your family breathes inside your home. These filters are also referred to as “high energy particulate filters” (or “HEPA”), and can eliminate up to 99% of all irritants from your indoor environment.  Ask your HVAC technician for more information and available options on these easily installed products.

Professional Ductwork Inspection

If your home has been renovated recently, or your family is experiencing more allergies than usual, consider having your ductwork inspected and possibly cleaned. Remember, “ductwork cleaning” is a common scam for unlicensed and unscrupulous companies to use on local homeowners, so make sure your HVAC inspection is done by a licensed, professional heating and air conditioning technician. However, if mold or pollen has built up in your ductwork, cleaning may well be in order. Again, if it is indicated, make sure it’s work completed by a professional. You’ll be avoiding the risk of damage to existing ductwork and your other equipment.

Showers bring spring flowers, and if you’re in the San Gabriel Valley, you’re surely enjoying the green hills and lovely blooms we’re experiencing from Bradbury to San Bernardino this year. But don’t suffer allergies when you don’t have to! Protect your indoor comfort with these easy HVAC tips.


Suffering from allergies? Protect your indoor comfort. Get your HVAC inspected by San Gabriel Valley’s air conditioning specialists. Call Air-Tro today at (626) 357-3535.