Have you ever felt when you start your furnace for the first time in the fall, you’re wheezing more often? While spring allergies usually get a more severe reputation, fall allergies are still very typical and many people struggle with them. For some, fall allergies can be even worse than spring colder temps affecting our immune systems and from winding up our heating. This could leave you considering, can furnaces make allergies worse in the U.S., or even cause them?
While furnaces can’t lead to allergies, they can make them worse. How? During the warmer months, dust, dander and other pollutants can collect in heating ducts. When the cooler temperatures start and we turn our heat on for the first time, all those allergens are now pushed out of the vents and circulate throughout our homes. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent your furnace from worsening your allergies.
Allergies and continuous illness can be discouraging, and it can be tough to learn what’s creating or worsening them. Here are some additional FAQs, along with answers and suggestions that could help.
Allergy sufferers are typically told that forced air heating can aggravate your allergies even more. Forced air systems can circulate allergens through the air, leading you to breathing them in more regularly than if you had a radiant heating system. While it’s correct forced air systems might make your allergies not so good, that is only if you avoid suitable upkeep of your system. Other than the tasks we listed previously, you can also:
H2: What is the Top Furnace Filter for Allergies?
Usually, HEPA filters are ideal if you or someone in your home 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 demonstrates how thoroughly a filter can clean pollutants from the air. Because of their high-efficiency filtration performance, HEPA filters are deep and can reduce airflow. It’s important to touch base with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to confirm your heating and cooling system can perform properly with these high efficiency filters.
Old filters can trap particles and allow poor quality air to move throughout your home. This also applies to dirty air ducts. If you inhale these particles it can cause sneezing, coughing or other asthma-related issues, depending on your sensitivity.
It’s smart to swap out your HVAC filter every 30-60 days, but here are some signals you could need to more frequently:
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