Have you ever caught when you start your heat for the first time in the fall, you’re sniffling more often? While spring allergies seem to get a more severe reputation, fall allergies are still very prominent and affect many. For some, fall allergies can be even worse than spring because of]8] cooler temperatures affecting our immune systems and from starting up our equipment. This may leave you considering, can furnaces make allergies worse in the U.S., or even trigger them?
While furnaces can’t create allergies, they can intensify them. How? During the warmer months, dust, dander and other allergens can collect in heating ducts. When the colder temperatures arrive and we turn our furnaces on for the first time, all those allergens are now pushed out of the ventilation and circulate within our homes. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep your furnace from worsening your allergies.
Allergies and continuous illness can be annoying, and it can be difficult to figure out what’s leading to or worsening them. Here are some additional FAQs, including answers and suggestions that might help.
Allergy sufferers are usually told that forced air heating could affect your allergies even more. Forced air systems can circulate allergens through the air, resulting in you breathing them in more frequently than if you used a radiant heating system. While it’s correct forced air systems might make your allergies not so good, that is only if you put off suitable care of your heating equipment. Other than the things we mentioned above, you can also:
H2: What is the Ideal Furnace Filter for Allergies?
Typically, HEPA filters are ideal if you or someone in your home struggles with allergies. HEPA filters are rated to filter 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 demonstrates how thoroughly a filter can remove pollutants from the air. Because of their high-efficiency filtration performance, HEPA filters are dense and can limit airflow. It’s important to contact Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to ensure your heating and cooling system can run correctly with these high efficiency filters.
Worn filters can hold on to particles and allow poor quality air to circulate. This also applies to filthy vents. If you inhale these particles it can produce sneezing, coughing or other asthma-related symptoms, depending on your sensitivity.
It’s smart to switch out your HVAC filter every 30-60 days, but here are some signals you may need to more frequently:
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