Have you ever caught when you run your heat for the first time in the fall, you’re wheezing more often? While spring allergies seem to get a more severe reputation, fall allergies are still very common and affect many. For some, fall allergies can be even worse than spring thanks to weather affecting our immune systems and from starting up our heating. This may leave you thinking, can furnaces make allergies worse in the U.S., or even cause them?
While furnaces can’t create allergies, they could intensify them. How? During the hotter months, dust, dander and other debris can collect in heating ducts. When the colder temperatures begin and we flip our furnaces on for the first time, all those allergens are now distributed through the ventilation and travel through our houses. Fortunately, there are things you can do to stop your furnace from aggravating your allergies.
Allergies and frequent illness can be frustrating, and it can be tough to pinpoint what’s creating or triggering them. Here are some common FAQs, complete with answers and tips that might help.
Allergy sufferers are frequently told that forced air heating might 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 true forced air systems may make your allergies more severe, that is only if you avoid suitable care of your system. Other than the practices we mentioned previously, you can also:
H2: What is the Top Furnace Filter for Allergies?
Typically, HEPA filters are the best if you or someone in your household deals with allergies. HEPA filters are rated to take out 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 performance, HEPA filters are thick and can limit airflow. It’s important to contact Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to ensure your heating and cooling system can perform correctly with these high efficiency filters.
Old filters can trap particles and allow poor quality air to circulate. The same goes for filthy ductwork. If you inhale these particles it can trigger sneezing, coughing or other asthma-related problems, depending on your sensitivity.
It’s recommended to switch out your HVAC filter every 30-60 days, but here are some indications you might need to more frequently:
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