Have you ever felt when you run your furnace for the first time in the fall, you’re wheezing more often? While spring allergies seem to get a harsher reputation, fall allergies are still very prominent and many people are affected by them. For some, fall allergies can be even worse than spring brisk temperatures weakening our immune systems and from cranking up our equipment. This might leave you thinking, can furnaces make allergies worse in the U.S., or even lead to them?
While furnaces can’t cause allergies, they can make them worse. How? During the hotter months, dust, dander and other allergens can build up in heating ducts. When the cooler conditions hit and we flip our heating on for the first time, all those allergens are now circulated through the ductwork and circulate through our homes. Thankfully, there are things you can do to prevent your furnace from irritating your allergies.
Allergies and continual illness can be irritating, and it can be hard to learn what’s creating or worsening them. Here are some extra FAQs, including answers and tips that can help.
Allergy sufferers are typically 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 often than if you used a radiant heating system. While it’s accurate forced air systems might make your allergies worse, that is only if you ignore appropriate upkeep of your system. Other than the things we mentioned above, you can also:
H2: What is the Ideal Furnace Filter for Allergies?
Most often, HEPA filters are the best if you or someone in your household 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 thoroughly a filter can clean pollutants from the air. Due to 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.
Old filters can hold on to particles and allow poor quality air to recirculate. The same goes for filthy ductwork. If you inhale these particles it can cause sneezing, coughing or other asthma-related symptoms, depending on your sensitivity.
It’s beneficial to switch out your HVAC filter around 30-60 days, but here are some signals you could need to sooner:
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