How Your Furnace Can Spark Your Allergies

Have you ever caught when you start your heating for the first time in the fall, you’re sniffling more often? While spring allergies often get a worse reputation, fall allergies are still very typical and many people struggle with them. For some, fall allergies can be even worse than spring brisk temps affecting our immune systems and from winding up our heating. This may leave you thinking, can furnaces make allergies worse in Birmingham, or even trigger them?

While furnaces can’t create allergies, they can intensify them. How? During the hotter months, dust, dander and other debris can collect in heating ducts. When the cold temperatures start and we turn our heating on for the first time, all those allergens are now distributed through the ductwork and travel within our houses. Fortunately, there are things you can do to stop your furnace from aggravating your allergies.

How to Keep Your Furnace from Triggering Your Allergies

    1. Change Your HVAC Filter. Frequently replacing your filters is one of the best things you can complete to minimize your allergies at any time of the year. New filters are superior when catching the allergens in your residence’s air, helping to keep you breathing easy.
    1. Freshen Up Your Air Ducts. Not only do pollutants collect in your HVAC filters, but in your vents as well. An air duct cleaning could help reduce allergy symptoms and help your HVAC system perform more efficiently. When you call for an air duct cleaning, our experts survey and clean components including your supply/return ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers.
    1. Keep Your Furnace Well Maintained. Adequate HVAC maintenance and regular tune-ups are another great way to both strengthen your residence’s air quality and keep your system working as efficiently as possible. Prior to switching your furnace on for the first time, it could help to have an HVAC mechanic run through a maintenance examination to ensure your filters and air ducts are clean and everything else is in good shape.

Allergies and continual illness can be frustrating, and it can be hard to figure out what’s causing or triggering them. Here are some additional FAQs, including answers and suggestions that could help.

Is Forced Air Harmful for Allergies?

Allergy sufferers are frequently told that forced air heating might affect your allergies even more. Forced air systems can carry 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 may make your allergies not so good, that is only if you avoid suitable upkeep of your system. Other than the tasks we included above, you can also:

    • Dust and vacuum your residence regularly. If there aren’t dust, dander or mold spore particles to accumulate in your air ducts, your air system can’t carry them into the air, and you can’t inhale them. Some extra cleaning ideas are:
    • Check your vacuum has a HEPA filter.
    • Dust in advance of vacuuming.
    • Clean your curtains routinely, as they are a frequent collecto of allergens.
    • Make sure to clean behind and under furniture.
    • Keep an Eye on your house’s moisture levels. Increased humidity levels can also contribute to aggravating your allergies. Humidity enables 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 Ideal Furnace Filter for Allergies?

In general, HEPA filters are a great fit if you or someone in your home struggles with allergies. HEPA filters are rated to remove 99.97 to 99.99% of particles, including dust, pollen and dirt. These filters have a MERV rating of 17-21, depending on the kind. This rating demonstrates how successfully a filter can remove pollutants from the air. Because of their high-efficiency filtration construction, HEPA filters are deep and can reduce airflow. It’s helpful to touch base with Norrell Service Experts to make sure your heating and cooling system can operate properly with these high efficiency filters.

Can Clogged Filters or Air Ducts Make Me Sick?

Dirty filters can trap particles and allow poor quality air to circulate. The same goes for dusty air ducts. If you inhale these particles it can trigger 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 signs you may need to more regularly:

    • It’s taking longer for your system to cool or heat your home.
    • You find more dust in your home.
    • Heating and cooling costs are rising with no clear reason.
    • Your allergies are acting up.
    • Signs your air ducts could use cleaning include:
    • The metal is coated in dust.
    • Filthy supply and return vents.
    • Mold in your furnace, air conditioner, heat pump or air handler.
    • Dust emitting from your vents when your HVAC system is working.
    • Your house is frequently dusty, in spite of frequent cleaning.

Your health and comfort are our top priority at Norrell Service Experts. Whether it’s furnace repair now.

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