Have you ever felt when you turn on your heat for the first time in the fall, you’re sniffling more often? While spring allergies seem to get a more severe reputation, fall allergies are still very typical and many people are affected by them. For some, fall allergies can be even worse than spring due to temperatures impairing our immune systems and from cranking up our furnaces. This might leave you wondering, can furnaces make allergies worse in the U.S., or even cause them?
While furnaces can’t cause allergies, they can intensify them. How? During the hotter months, dust, dander and other debris can collect in heating ducts. When the cooler temperatures hit and we turn our heat on for the first time, all those allergens are now circulated through the ductwork and move throughout our residences. Luckily, there are things you can do to keep your furnace from irritating your allergies.
Allergies and frequent illness can be irritating, and it can be difficult to discover what’s causing or aggravating them. Here are some additional FAQs, complete with answers and ideas that might help.
Allergy sufferers are usually told that forced air heating may affect your allergies even more. Forced air systems can push allergens through the air, leading you to breathing them in more often than if you owned a radiant heating system. While it’s accurate forced air systems might make your allergies worse, that is only if you don’t take proper upkeep of your furnace. Other than the things we included previously, you can also:
H2: What is the Ideal Furnace Filter for Allergies?
Most often, HEPA filters are a great fit if you or someone in your household struggles with allergies. HEPA filters are rated to filter 99.97 to 99.99% of particles, including dust, pollen and dirt. These filters have a MERV rating of 17-21, depending on the type. This rating demonstrates how thoroughly a filter can take pollutants from the air. Due to their high-efficiency filtration construction, HEPA filters are deep and can limit airflow. It’s important to touch base with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to ensure your heating and cooling system can run correctly with these high efficiency filters.
Dirty filters can harbor particles and allow poor quality air to move throughout your home. This is also applicable for dusty vents. If you inhale these particles it can produce sneezing, coughing or other asthma-related problems, depending on your sensitivity.
It’s recommended to switch out your HVAC filter after 30-60 days, but here are some signals you may need to sooner:
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