Have you ever noticed when you run your heating for the first time in the fall, you’re sniffling more frequently? While spring allergies seem to get a harsher reputation, fall allergies are still very prominent 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 could leave you wondering, can furnaces make allergies worse in the U.S., or even cause them?
While furnaces can’t lead to allergies, they can intensify them. How? During the summer months, dust, dander and other allergens can accumulate in heating ducts. When the colder conditions begin and we switch our heat on for the first time, all those allergens are now distributed through the ventilation and travel throughout our houses. Luckily, there are things you can do to keep your furnace from irritating your allergies.
Allergies and continual illness can be irritating, and it can be tough to pinpoint what’s leading to or triggering them. Here are some additional FAQs, along with answers and ideas that could help.
Allergy sufferers are frequently told that forced air heating could aggravate your allergies even more. Forced air systems can carry allergens through the air, causing you to breathe them in more frequently than if you owned a radiant heating system. While it’s true forced air systems may make your allergies not so good, that is only if you put off appropriate care of your heating equipment. Other than the tasks we listed above, you can also:
H2: What is the Top Furnace Filter for Allergies?
Typically, HEPA filters are a great fit if you or someone in your household suffers from 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 illustrates how well a filter can take pollutants from the air. Due to their high-efficiency filtration materials, HEPA filters are thick and can limit airflow. It’s helpful to touch base with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to confirm your heating and cooling system can perform right with these high efficiency filters.
Old filters can trap particles and allow poor quality air to recirculate. The same goes for dirty air ducts. If you inhale these particles it can cause sneezing, coughing or other asthma-related symptoms, depending on your sensitivity.
It’s recommended to switch out your HVAC filter after 30-60 days, but here are some indications you may need to sooner:
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