How Your Furnace Can Trigger Your Allergies

Have you ever noticed when you start your heat for the first time in the fall, you’re sneezing more frequently? While spring allergies usually get a worse reputation, fall allergies are still very typical and many people are affected by them. For some, fall allergies can be even worse than spring brisk weather weakening our immune systems and from cranking up our heating. This could leave you thinking, can furnaces make allergies worse in Columbus, or even trigger them?

While furnaces can’t cause allergies, they can make them worse. How? During the summer months, dust, dander and other pollutants can collect in heating ducts. When the cold conditions arrive and we turn our heat on for the first time, all those allergens are now pushed out of the ventilation and travel through our homes. Fortunately, there are things you can do to stop your furnace from irritating your allergies.

How to Keep Your Furnace from Affecting Your Allergies

    1. Get a New HVAC Filter. Regularly replacing your filters is one of the best things you can complete to minimize your allergies at any time of the year. Clean filters are better at snagging the allergens in your residence’s air, helping to keep you breathing easy.
    1. Freshen Up Your Air Ducts. Not only do small particles harbor in your HVAC filters, but in your ventilation as well. An air duct cleaning may help ease allergy symptoms and help your HVAC system run more efficiently. When you request an air duct cleaning, technicians check and clean components including your supply/return ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers.
    1. Keep Your Furnace in Good Working Condition. Quality HVAC maintenance and scheduled tune-ups are another great way to both improve your house’s air quality and keep your heater running as smoothly as possible. Before flipping your furnace on for the first time, it could help to have an HVAC tech complete a maintenance inspection to verify your filters and air ducts are clean and everything else is in tip-top shape.

Allergies and recurring illness can be annoying, and it can be difficult to discover what’s causing or triggering them. Here are some extra FAQs, complete with answers and suggestions that can help.

Is Forced Air Bad for Allergies?

Allergy sufferers are frequently told that forced air heating may aggravate your allergies even more. Forced air systems can carry allergens through the air, leading you to breathing them in more often than if you owned a radiant heating system. While it’s true forced air systems can make your allergies not so good, that is only if you ignore suitable upkeep of your heating equipment. Other than the things we listed above, you can also:

    • Dust and vacuum your house frequently. If there aren’t dust, dander or mold spore particles to clog your air ducts, your air system can’t carry them into the air, and you can’t inhale them. Some extra cleaning ideas include:
    • Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter.
    • Dust ahead of vacuuming.
    • Clean your curtains periodically, as they are a typical collecto of allergens.
    • Remember to clean behind and under furniture.
    • Keep an Eye on your home’s moisture levels. Higher humidity levels can also contribute to aggravating your allergies. Humidity causes mold growth and dust mites. Getting a dehumidifier with your HVAC system keeps moisture levels balanced and your indoor air quality much better.

What is the Best Furnace Filter for Allergies?

In general, HEPA filters are a great fit if you or someone in your household suffers from allergies. HEPA filters are rated to filter 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 brand or filter material. This rating illustrates how thoroughly a filter can clean pollutants from the air. Due to their high-efficiency filtration materials, HEPA filters are dense and can restrict airflow. It’s wise to contact Stevenson Service Experts to ensure your heating and cooling system can work properly with these high efficiency filters.

Can Dirty Filters or Air Ducts Make Me Sick?

Clogged filters can harbor particles and allow poor quality air to circulate. This also applies to filthy air ducts. If you inhale these particles it can cause sneezing, coughing or other asthma-related symptoms, depending on your sensitivity.

It’s smart to switch out your HVAC filter after 30-60 days, but here are some indications you might need to sooner:

    • It’s taking more time for your system to cool or heat your house.
    • You notice more dust in your house.
    • Energy expenses are rising with no apparent reason.
    • Your allergies are popping up more often.
    • Signs your air ducts require cleaning include:
    • The metal is sitting in dust.
    • Dusty 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 always dusty, in spite of continuous cleaning.

Your health and comfort are our top priority at Stevenson Service Experts. Whether it’s furnace repair right away.

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