Have you ever noticed when you turn on your heat for the first time in the fall, you’re sniffling more frequently? While spring allergies seem to get a more severe reputation, fall allergies are still very typical and affect many. For some, fall allergies can be even worse than spring thanks to weather impairing our immune systems and from starting up our heating. This might leave you considering, can furnaces make allergies worse in the U.S., or even trigger them?
While furnaces can’t cause allergies, they could intensify them. How? During the summer months, dust, dander and other debris can collect in heating ducts. When the cold temperatures hit and we turn our heating on for the first time, all those allergens are now circulated through the ventilation and travel throughout our houses. Luckily, there are things you can do to stop your furnace from irritating your allergies.
Allergies and continuous illness can be irritating, and it can be difficult to learn what’s creating or aggravating them. Here are some extra FAQs, complete with answers and suggestions that might help.
Allergy sufferers are frequently told that forced air heating could irritate your allergies even more. Forced air systems can push allergens through the air, leading you to breathing them in more regularly than if you owned a radiant heating system. While it’s true forced air systems can make your allergies more severe, that is only if you avoid suitable maintenance of your heating equipment. Other than the practices we mentioned previously, you can also:
H2: What is the Ideal Furnace Filter for Allergies?
Generally, HEPA filters are ideal if you or someone in your home deals with allergies. HEPA filters are rated to take out 99.97 to 99.99% of particles, like dust, pollen and dirt. These filters have a MERV rating of 17-21, depending on the brand or filter material. This rating reveals how successfully a filter can remove pollutants from the air. Due to their high-efficiency filtration materials, HEPA filters are dense and can reduce 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.
Clogged filters can trap particles and allow poor quality air to move throughout your home. The same goes for filthy air ducts. If you inhale these particles it can trigger sneezing, coughing or other asthma-related problems, depending on your sensitivity.
It’s smart to replace your HVAC filter every 30-60 days, but here are some indications you could need to more regularly:
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