Have you ever noticed when you start your furnace 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 typical and affect many. For some, fall allergies can be even worse than spring brisk weather weakening our immune systems and from winding up our furnaces. This may leave you considering, can furnaces make allergies worse in the U.S., or even lead to them?
While furnaces can’t lead to allergies, they could make them worse. How? During the summer months, dust, dander and other debris can build up in heating ducts. When the winter conditions begin and we switch our heat on for the first time, all those allergens are now circulated through the ventilation and circulate through our residences. Luckily, there are things you can do to stop your furnace from irritating your allergies.
Allergies and frequent illness can be annoying, and it can be tough to pinpoint what’s leading to or aggravating them. Here are some common FAQs, including answers and ideas that can help.
Allergy sufferers are typically told that forced air heating could affect your allergies even more. Forced air systems can push allergens through the air, leading you to breathing them in more frequently than if you had a radiant heating system. While it’s accurate forced air systems may make your allergies more severe, that is only if you don’t take proper care of your system. Other than the tasks we mentioned already, you can also:
H2: What is the Ideal Furnace Filter for Allergies?
In general, HEPA filters are a strong option if you or someone in your household deals with allergies. HEPA filters are rated to filter 99.97 to 99.99% of particles, like dust, pollen and dirt. These filters have a MERV rating of 17-21, depending on the type. This rating reveals how successfully a filter can remove pollutants from the air. Due to their high-efficiency filtration materials, HEPA filters are thick and can restrict airflow. It’s wise to touch base with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to confirm your heating and cooling system can perform correctly with these high efficiency filters.
Worn filters can harbor particles and allow poor quality air to circulate. This is also applicable for filthy ductwork. If you inhale these particles it can trigger sneezing, coughing or other asthma-related symptoms, depending on your sensitivity.
It’s recommended to replace your HVAC filter after 30-60 days, but here are some indications you could need to more frequently:
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