BATTLING POLLEN How Pollen Affects Your HVAC  Units [and what you can do about it]

As spring blooms and nature awakens, so does the onslaught of pollen – a common allergen that can wreak havoc on respiratory systems. While you may be familiar with the discomfort it brings to your sinuses, have you considered its impact on your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system? In this guide, we'll explore the effects of pollen on HVAC units and provide practical tips to mitigate its impact, ensuring your indoor air remains clean and healthy.

The Pollen Predicament:

The microscopic powdery substance produced by plants, is notorious for triggering allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. As it circulates in the air, pollen particles can infiltrate your home and settle on various surfaces, including your HVAC system. Once inside your HVAC unit, pollen can:

Clog Air Filters:

Pollen particles can accumulate on air filters, obstructing airflow and reducing the efficiency of your HVAC system. This not only compromises indoor air quality but also increases energy consumption as your system works harder to maintain desired temperatures.

Coat Components:

It can settle on internal components of your HVAC system, such as coils and blower motors, forming a sticky layer that impairs performance. Over time, this buildup can lead to decreased efficiency, malfunctions, and costly repairs.

Trigger Allergies:

It trapped in your HVAC system can be recirculated throughout your home, exacerbating allergy symptoms and compromising respiratory health, especially for allergy sufferers.

Combatting Pollen Buildup:

While you can't eliminate pollen entirely, you can take proactive steps to minimize its impact on your HVAC system and indoor air quality:

Regular Filter Changes:

Ensure your HVAC system's air filters are clean and replaced regularly, especially during pollen season. High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are particularly effective at capturing pollen and other airborne allergens.

Professional Maintenance:

Schedule routine maintenance with a qualified HVAC technician to clean and inspect your system, including coils, ductwork, and other components. Professional maintenance can remove pollen buildup and ensure optimal system performance.

Air Purification:

Consider installing an air purification system or UV germicidal lamp in your HVAC system to capture and neutralize airborne allergens, including pollen. These devices can significantly improve indoor air quality and alleviate allergy symptoms.

Seal Ductwork:

Inspect ductwork for leaks and seal any gaps or cracks to prevent infiltration and ensure efficient airflow throughout your home.

Landscaping Strategies:

Minimize exposure by choosing low-pollen landscaping plants and maintaining a tidy outdoor space. Regularly remove leaves, debris, and other potential sources of it from around your HVAC unit.


Pollen season may pose challenges for allergy sufferers, but with proper precautions, you can minimize its impact on your HVAC system and indoor air quality. By staying vigilant, investing in maintenance, and incorporating air purification measures, you can enjoy clean, comfortable air year-round, free from the grip of allergies.

At Kennon Heating and Air Conditioning, we understand the importance of maintaining a healthy indoor environment. Our team of experts is dedicated to keeping your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently, so you can breathe easy despite the pollen onslaught. Contact us today to schedule maintenance or explore air purification solutions tailored to your needs. Say goodbye to pollen woes and hello to fresh, clean air – courtesy of your trusted HVAC partner.

Here at Kennon Heating & Air Conditioning we want you to enjoy your home to the fullest. That starts with making sure that the air in your home is clean and at the perfect temperature for you. If we can help in any way, please contact us via email or phone (678) 251-9776. Stay cool, stay cozy.

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