How Your Furnace Can Worsen Your Allergies

Have you ever felt when you run your heat for the first time in the fall, you’re sniffling more than usual? While spring allergies often get a harsher reputation, fall allergies are still very common and many people struggle with them. For some, fall allergies can be even worse than spring because of]8] cooler weather weakening our immune systems and from winding up our furnaces. This might leave you considering, can furnaces make allergies worse in the U.S., or even trigger them?

While furnaces can’t lead to allergies, they could intensify them. How? During the warmer months, dust, dander and other allergens can build up in heating ducts. When the cold conditions arrive and we flip our heating on for the first time, all those allergens are now distributed through the ductwork and move throughout our homes. Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent your furnace from aggravating your allergies.

How to Keep Your Furnace from Triggering Your Allergies

    1. Get a New HVAC Filter. Regularly replacing your filters is one of the best chores you can perform to alleviate your allergies at any time of the year. Clean filters are better at snagging the allergens in your house’s air, helping to keep you breathing easy.
    1. Freshen Up Your Air Ducts. Not only do particulates harbor in your HVAC filters, but in your ventilation as well. An air duct cleaning could help ease allergy symptoms and help your HVAC system run more efficiently. When you call for an air duct cleaning, repair techs inspect and clean components such as your supply/return ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers.
    1. Keep Your Furnace in Good Working Order. Proper HVAC maintenance and scheduled checkups are another easy way to both enhance your house’s air quality and keep your heater running as effectively as possible. Prior to switching your heating on for the first time, it could help to have an HVAC tech perform a maintenance checkup to confirm your filters and air ducts are clean and everything else is in excellent working order.

Allergies and continuous illness can be irritating, and it can be hard to figure out what’s causing or worsening them. Here are some common FAQs, along with answers and tips that might help.

Is Forced Air Harmful for Allergies?

Allergy sufferers are frequently told that forced air heating may irritate your allergies even more. Forced air systems can carry allergens through the air, causing you to breathe them in more regularly than if you owned a radiant heating system. While it’s true forced air systems can make your allergies more severe, that is only if you don’t take proper maintenance of your system. Other than the things we included previously, you can also:

    • Dust and vacuum your residence frequently. If there aren’t dust, dander or mold spore particles to collect in your air ducts, your air system can’t transport them into the air, and you can’t inhale them. Some added cleaning ideas are:
    • Check your vacuum has a HEPA filter.
    • Dust before vacuuming.
    • Clean your curtains routinely, as they are a typical hiding place of allergens.
    • Don’t forget to clean behind and under furniture.
    • Keep an Eye on your residence’s moisture levels. Increased humidity levels can also lead to more severe allergies. Humidity causes mold growth and dust mites. Getting a dehumidifier with your HVAC system keeps moisture levels in check and your indoor air quality much healthier.

What is the Top Furnace Filter for Allergies?

Typically, HEPA filters are ideal if you or someone in your family deals with 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 performance, HEPA filters are thick and can limit airflow. It’s smart to talk to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to confirm your heating and cooling system can work properly with these high efficiency filters.

Can Clogged Filters or Air Ducts Make Me Sick?

Worn filters can trap particles and allow poor quality air to circulate. This also applies to dusty ductwork. If you inhale these particles it can cause sneezing, coughing or other asthma-related issues, depending on your sensitivity.

It’s recommended to swap out your HVAC filter every 30-60 days, but here are some signs you may need to sooner:

    • It’s taking more time for your system to cool or heat your house.
    • You discover more dust in your home.
    • Energy bills are going up with no obvious reason.
    • Your allergies are popping up more often.
    • Symptoms your air ducts require cleaning include:
    • The metal is sitting in dust.
    • Filthy supply and return vents.
    • Mold in your furnace, air conditioner, heat pump or air handler.
    • Dust coming from your vents when your HVAC system is working.
    • Your home is frequently dusty, in spite of continuous cleaning.

Your health and comfort are our highest priority at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. Whether it’s furnace repair now.

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