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Spring isn't the only season for allergies. Fall and winter can also be hard on some allergy sufferers. This is especially true for those with dust or mold allergies that are made worse by spending more time indoors breathing recirculated air. Fortunately, there are options available so you don't have to spend several months every year in misery.
1. Pre-Season Tune-Up
Dust and dirt, along with mold spores, settle inside the furnace while it lies dormant during the summer months. Then, as soon as you fire it on for the first time, possible allergens begin circling in the air and wreaking havoc. You can avoid this and prevent unwanted furnace breakdowns by bringing in a heating contractor every fall to do a complete furnace tune-up and cleaning. They will check for issues, make any necessary adjustments, and lubricate any parts that require lubrication. Further, they will dust out the unit and clean out any collected dirt inside the vent outputs or filter housing.
2. Filter Improvements
Allergy sufferers need to choose furnace filters carefully. Generally, you want to go with a HEPA rated filter or with a standard filter that has the highest MERV rating your furnace can handle. These ratings refer to the pore size in the filter and how much particulate they can filter out. You also must change the filter more often, typically monthly, because the stronger the filter the more quickly it becomes clogged.
3. Duct Cleaning
Dirty ducts are a major contributor to allergies. Dust mites, pet dander, and mold and mildew spores can all hide in your ducts only to be circulated through your home each time the heat comes on. Your heating contractor can inspect your ducts to see if they are contributing to your allergy woes. If so, then you can schedule a duct cleaning before the heating season begins so that you can breathe easier this fall and winter.
4. Opt for Alternatives
If it's nearly time to replace your furnace, consider opting for something that will not circulate allergens throughout your home. Alternatives to forced air furnaces include radiant floor heat and baseboard heating. Neither of these options requires vents or moving air, so they do not add to the allergens inside your home. Your contractor can help you design and install a system that will keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
Contact a heating contractor for more information.