Have you ever felt when you turn on your furnace for the first time in the fall, you’re sneezing more often? While spring allergies often get a more severe reputation, fall allergies are still very common and many people struggle with them. For some, fall allergies can be even worse than spring colder temps weakening our immune systems and from winding up our furnaces. This could 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 intensify them. How? During the hotter months, dust, dander and other pollutants can build up in heating ducts. When the winter temps begin and we turn our furnaces on for the first time, all those allergens are now circulated through the ductwork and move throughout our houses. Luckily, there are things you can do to keep your furnace from irritating your allergies.
Allergies and continual illness can be annoying, and it can be tough to learn what’s causing or worsening them. Here are some additional FAQs, complete with answers and suggestions that might help.
Allergy sufferers are often told that forced air heating can affect your allergies even more. Forced air systems can circulate allergens through the air, leading you to breathing them in more regularly than if you owned 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 appropriate care of your furnace. Other than the things we included above, you can also:
H2: What is the Top Furnace Filter for Allergies?
Most often, HEPA filters are the best if you or someone in your family suffers from 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 kind. This rating illustrates how successfully a filter can take pollutants from the air. Due to their high-efficiency filtration construction, HEPA filters are dense and can restrict airflow. It’s smart to talk to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to make sure your heating and cooling system can perform correctly with these high efficiency filters.
Worn filters can harbor particles and allow poor quality air to move throughout your home. This also applies to dusty air ducts. If you inhale these particles it can cause sneezing, coughing or other asthma-related problems, depending on your sensitivity.
It’s smart to swap out your HVAC filter every 30-60 days, but here are some indications you might need to more regularly:
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