Have you ever caught when you turn on your heat for the first time in the fall, you’re sniffling more often? While spring allergies often get a worse reputation, fall allergies are still very prominent and affect many. For some, fall allergies can be even worse than spring brisk temps impairing our immune systems and from starting up our equipment. This can leave you wondering, can furnaces make allergies worse in the U.S., or even cause them?
While furnaces can’t cause allergies, they sometimes aggravate them. How? During the summer months, dust, dander and other allergens can build up in heating ducts. When the winter temperatures start and we flip our heating on for the first time, all those allergens are now circulated through the ductwork and move within our houses. Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent your furnace from irritating your allergies.
Allergies and continuous illness can be discouraging, and it can be tough to discover what’s creating or triggering them. Here are some extra FAQs, complete with answers and ideas that could help.
Allergy sufferers are usually told that forced air heating can irritate your allergies even more. Forced air systems can push allergens through the air, resulting in you breathing them in more often than if you had a radiant heating system. While it’s accurate forced air systems might make your allergies worse, that is only if you avoid suitable care of your furnace. Other than the practices we included previously, you can also:
H2: What is the Top Furnace Filter for Allergies?
Generally, HEPA filters are ideal if you or someone in your home struggles 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 demonstrates how well a filter can clean pollutants from the air. Due to their high-efficiency filtration materials, HEPA filters are dense and can restrict airflow. It’s important to contact Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to confirm your heating and cooling system can perform correctly with these high efficiency filters.
Dirty filters can trap particles and allow poor quality air to circulate. The same goes for filthy air ducts. If you inhale these particles it can trigger sneezing, coughing or other asthma-related issues, depending on your sensitivity.
It’s recommended to swap out your HVAC filter after 30-60 days, but here are some signs you might need to more regularly:
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