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Summer and springtime are often associated with the rebirth of allergens every year. But did you know that allergens, like dust and pet hair, can fin...

Posted by Ryan | August 11, 2020

Summer and springtime are often associated with the rebirth of allergens every year. But did you know that allergens, like dust and pet hair, can find ways to live in your home, no matter the season? 

Without the help of air filtration systems, you could be running the risk of keeping these particles locked in your house throughout the year, leading to runny noses and itchy, irritated eyes for you and your whole family.

At Action Furnace, we want our customers to enjoy the comfort of their homes all year round. Today, we’re going to take a look at common allergens, their sources, and what you can do to keep your home allergy-free.

Are you interested in how our team can help you? Please, request a quote from us today!

Indoor Allergens: Where Do They Come From?

When we think of allergens, some everyday things that come to mind include dust, pet hair, and pollen. For the most part, we are aware of our allergies enough so we can try to stay away from known allergen sources.

However, what some might know is that allergens can embed themselves into your home without your knowledge. These are known as indoor allergens, and common sources for these include:

  • Bedding
  • Stuffed toys
  • Indoor plants
  • Mattresses without allergen covers
  • Pillows
  • Damp areas
  • Soft or fabric furniture

Air Quality Systems & How They Work

UV-C Purification

UV-C purification systems are utilized to help reduce contaminants and odours from your air.

UV-C purification systems are installed directly into your HVAC system, and alongside the help of EverCarbonTM cell filters, this system can remove dust and volatile compounds from your air. As the air circulates around your home, contaminants are trapped in the filter where they are treated with UV light. What is released back into the air is clean and harmless water vapour.


Humidifiers are another fantastic way to help reduce the effect allergens can have on your life. Humidifiers help soothe sinus passages that are irritated by allergies, but it is essential to clean your humidifier system regularly.

Common allergens like dust mites and mould are common in humid areas and can build up in your humidifier over time if it isn’t maintained. Luckily, we offer a couple of different solutions. 

The Generalaire Whole-Home 570A Humidifier system is easy to use and maintain, requiring a humidifier pad replacement every 1 or 2 years. On top of this, the system comes with a 10-year warranty!

We also offer a Generalaire Elite series of steam humidifiers that can easily connect to your current HVAC system, providing humidity to your whole home without purchasing a different system for different rooms. 

HEPA Filters

HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters can be used in your air filtration system to catch allergy-causing particles like pet hair, dust mites, and smoke before being cycled back into your air. Combine a HEPA filter with our Goldman DMH900 Whole-House HEPA Air Cleaner, and you can rest assured knowing harmful allergens are caught before you breathe them in.

Dirty air vent covered in dust

Some Quick Tips for Reducing Allergens in Your Home

Protecting yourself from allergens is all about cleaning. By combining one of our amazing air quality systems with some good old-fashioned cleaning, you can start enjoying your home without the threat of allergens putting a damper on your day.

Some allergy prevention tips can include:

  • Vacuuming twice a week
  • Use dehumidifiers in overly humid areas like the bathroom or kitchen
  • Keeping doors and windows closed, especially those close to plants which produce pollen
  • Keep plants outdoors as much as possible
  • Brush and clean your pets
  • Using allergen-resistant covers on mattresses and pillows

Request A Quote Today!

You deserve to live in an allergy-free environment. Contact our team to request a quote and get the air quality system you and your family deserves!

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Written by Ryan Tutak

Ryan is considered one of Calgary's most knowledgeable residential HVAC specialists. Working in the industry for over 12 years, he's helped thousands of homeowners with their heating and cooling systems. Outside of running Calgary's most reputable HVAC business, you can find him on the Golf course practicing his short game or traveling with his family. His main goal is to create a positive collaborative culture, one in which his employees are excited to come in and are motivated to work hard. He spends the majority of his day working directly with Home Comfort Advisors, Service and Maintenance Technicians, and Customer Service Representatives ensuring they are fully prepared to lead the Home Service Industry in Customer Service.

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