Have you ever noticed when you turn on your furnace for the first time in the fall, you’re sniffling more frequently? While spring allergies usually 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 weather impairing our immune systems and from winding up our equipment. This could leave you considering, can furnaces make allergies worse in the U.S., or even lead to them?
While furnaces can’t lead to allergies, they can aggravate them. How? During the warmer months, dust, dander and other pollutants can collect in heating ducts. When the colder temps arrive and we switch our furnaces on for the first time, all those allergens are now pushed out of the vents and move within our houses. Thankfully, there are things you can do to prevent your furnace from worsening your allergies.
Allergies and recurring illness can be annoying, and it can be hard to pinpoint what’s causing or triggering them. Here are some common FAQs, including answers and suggestions that might help.
Allergy sufferers are usually told that forced air heating may irritate your allergies even more. Forced air systems can carry allergens through the air, causing you to breathe them in more often than if you owned a radiant heating system. While it’s true forced air systems may make your allergies worse, that is only if you don’t take appropriate care of your system. Other than the tasks we listed above, you can also:
H2: What is the Best Furnace Filter for Allergies?
Typically, HEPA filters are a strong option if you or someone in your home suffers from allergies. HEPA filters are rated to take out 99.97 to 99.99% of particles, such as dust, pollen and dirt. These filters have a MERV rating of 17-21, depending on the type. This rating reveals how well a filter can remove pollutants from the air. Because of their high-efficiency filtration materials, HEPA filters are thick and can limit airflow. It’s beneficial to talk to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to confirm your heating and cooling system can operate properly with these high efficiency filters.
Dirty filters can trap particles and allow poor quality air to recirculate. The same goes for dirty vents. If you inhale these particles it can trigger sneezing, coughing or other asthma-related problems, depending on your sensitivity.
It’s beneficial to replace your HVAC filter every 30-60 days, but here are some signs you may need to more frequently:
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