Have you ever caught when you start your heating for the first time in the fall, you’re sneezing more frequently? While spring allergies usually get a worse reputation, fall allergies are still very prominent and many people struggle with them. For some, fall allergies can be even worse than spring due to temps weakening our immune systems and from cranking up our furnaces. This may leave you wondering, can furnaces make allergies worse in the U.S., or even lead to them?
While furnaces can’t create allergies, they could intensify them. How? During the hotter months, dust, dander and other allergens can accumulate in heating ducts. When the winter temps hit and we turn our furnaces on for the first time, all those allergens are now circulated through the vents and move through our homes. Thankfully, there are things you can do to keep your furnace from aggravating your allergies.
Allergies and continuous illness can be frustrating, and it can be difficult to pinpoint what’s leading to or worsening them. Here are some common FAQs, complete with answers and ideas that can 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 frequently than if you owned a radiant heating system. While it’s correct forced air systems may make your allergies worse, that is only if you put off proper care of your system. Other than the things we mentioned already, you can also:
H2: What is the Best Furnace Filter for Allergies?
In general, HEPA filters are the best if you or someone in your home deals with allergies. HEPA filters are rated to remove 99.97 to 99.99% of particles, including dust, pollen and dirt. These filters have a MERV rating of 17-21, depending on the kind. This rating reveals how well a filter can remove pollutants from the air. Due to their high-efficiency filtration construction, HEPA filters are thick and can restrict airflow. It’s important to contact Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to confirm your heating and cooling system can run correctly with these high efficiency filters.
Dirty filters can hold on to particles and allow poor quality air to circulate. 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 beneficial to replace your HVAC filter every 30-60 days, but here are some indications you could need to more frequently:
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