Most people do not realize that their furnace can cause them to start sneezing or that it may cause their eyes to water. Allergies are not often associated with furnaces but the reality is that they are connected because dust particles accumulate in your heating ducts all summer long. During the fall and winter, forced heating systems are turned on and this dust will circulate throughout the home and may aggravate your allergies as a result.
The following tips will help keep your furnace from affecting you if you suffer from allergies:
Clean out your filters
Replacing your filters regularly is a must and this is a very important step that cannot be forgotten. If you fail to change your filters, the dust and dirt that has collected within them will blow throughout the air in your home through your heating system. Not only will this decrease the air quality of your home, but it will aggravate your allergies as well. The simple task of changing your filters can prevent this problem from happening.
Clean out your air ducts
In addition to your filters, dust will also collect in your air ducts as well. For this reason, heating system maintenance is very important and a certified heating and air conditioning technician must complete this job for you. They have the proper tools and skills to clean out air ducts properly and safely, so make sure you don’t attempt to do this on your own. Those who suffer from allergies should leave the home while the technician is cleaning out the air duct and make sure to have your home dusted and cleaned afterwards.
Use a humidifier
Furnaces are known to dry out the air in your home and this may irritate your throat and can dry out your eyes. Using a humidifier will help with this issue and will keep your home at a bearable humidity level, which will ease allergy symptoms. Making sure you are hydrated is also very important, so be sure to drink lots of water throughout the day, especially if your throat and eyes feel dry or itchy.
Schedule regular maintenance checks
This is important for two reasons; keeping your furnace working as efficiently as possible and helping to improve your home’s air quality, which can help anyone suffering from allergies. When the time comes to turn on your furnace, it is a good idea to have an HVAC technician come to your home to perform routine maintenance and ensure that every component is in working order. They can also confirm that the filters and air ducts are clean and allergen-free, which will prevent you from sneezing and will eliminate watery eyes.
Your Local HVAC Team can help with all of your heating and air conditioning needs. We can help with furnaces and anything else HVAC-related, so if you are in the Bracebridge or Muskoka areas, give us a call today!