Have you ever felt when you start your furnace for the first time in the fall, you’re sneezing more often? While spring allergies usually get a harsher reputation, fall allergies are still very prominent and affect many. For some, fall allergies can be even worse than spring due to temps impairing our immune systems and from starting up our furnaces. This can leave you considering, can furnaces make allergies worse in the U.S., or even lead to them?
While furnaces can’t cause allergies, they can aggravate them. How? During the hotter months, dust, dander and other pollutants can build up in heating ducts. When the colder temps begin and we switch our furnaces on for the first time, all those allergens are now pushed out of the ductwork and travel throughout our residences. Fortunately, there are things you can do to stop your furnace from aggravating your allergies.
Allergies and frequent illness can be irritating, and it can be tough to pinpoint what’s causing or triggering them. Here are some extra FAQs, including answers and tips that might help.
Allergy sufferers are usually 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 regularly than if you used a radiant heating system. While it’s correct forced air systems can make your allergies worse, that is only if you ignore appropriate care of your system. Other than the practices we mentioned previously, 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 family struggles 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 kind. This rating illustrates how well a filter can take pollutants from the air. Because of their high-efficiency filtration performance, HEPA filters are thick and can reduce airflow. It’s helpful to contact Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to confirm your heating and cooling system can perform right with these high efficiency filters.
Clogged filters can harbor particles and allow poor quality air to recirculate. This also applies to filthy ductwork. If you inhale these particles it can produce sneezing, coughing or other asthma-related issues, depending on your sensitivity.
It’s beneficial to switch out your HVAC filter after 30-60 days, but here are some indications you may need to more frequently:
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