Have you ever caught when you start your heating for the first time in the fall, you’re sneezing more often? While spring allergies often get a worse reputation, fall allergies are still very common and many people are affected by them. For some, fall allergies can be even worse than spring brisk weather affecting our immune systems and from winding up our heating. This can leave you considering, can furnaces make allergies worse in the U.S., or even trigger them?
While furnaces can’t cause allergies, they sometimes aggravate them. How? During the summer months, dust, dander and other pollutants can accumulate in heating ducts. When the cold conditions arrive and we turn our heating on for the first time, all those allergens are now distributed through the vents and move through our residences. Fortunately, there are things you can do to stop your furnace from worsening your allergies.
Allergies and frequent illness can be frustrating, and it can be difficult to learn what’s leading to or triggering them. Here are some common FAQs, complete with answers and suggestions that can help.
Allergy sufferers are often told that forced air heating can aggravate your allergies even more. Forced air systems can push allergens through the air, causing you to breathe them in more often than if you used a radiant heating system. While it’s accurate forced air systems might make your allergies more severe, that is only if you put off appropriate maintenance of your heating equipment. Other than the practices we included already, you can also:
H2: What is the Top Furnace Filter for Allergies?
In general, HEPA filters are the best if you or someone in your home struggles with 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 brand or filter material. This rating illustrates how thoroughly a filter can remove pollutants from the air. As a result of their high-efficiency filtration construction, HEPA filters are dense and can limit airflow. It’s important to talk to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to ensure your heating and cooling system can perform properly with these high efficiency filters.
Worn filters can trap particles and allow poor quality air to circulate. This is also applicable for dusty ductwork. If you inhale these particles it can cause sneezing, coughing or other asthma-related problems, depending on your sensitivity.
It’s beneficial to swap out your HVAC filter every 30-60 days, but here are some signals you may need to more frequently:
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