As the temperature drops outside, you may experience some common health hazards like sneezing and sniffling.
Not all winter allergies are caused by the weather alone. In some cases, your HVAC system is to blame for your allergies. For example, the furnace or boiler may lower the humidity level inside your home. As a result, you may experience several negative health conditions.
During the time the heating system is not in use, dust particles accumulate in the system. When you kick on your heating system after a long gap, it sends dusts, allergens, and mold spores inside your house, which can trigger allergic reactions. Use the following tips to prevent or treat winter allergies.
Avoid Contact with Allergens
You cannot completely stop dust emissions from your heating system, but you can take some simple steps to avoid contact with dust mites, mold spores, and other harmful allergens. The first thing to do is keep your rooms clean and hygienic.
- Use high-efficiency air purifiers. Also known as High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA), this air purifier helps filter out mold spores, dust particles, and other irritants.
- Keep the humidity level inside your house between 30 and 40 percent.
- Prevent allergens from entering your house from bags, shoes, and pets. Take off your shoes before entering your home. Keep your pets washed and groomed before allowing them inside your home.
- Regularly wash clothing items with hot water.
- Wash outside items before bringing them inside your home.
- Keep your heating and cooling system clean and in optimal condition.
Maintaining the HVAC System
- Dust, dirt, and grime can accumulate in the air filters of your HVAC system within a few weeks. Clean the air filters every few weeks. Replace your air filters every month.
- Use HEPA air filters instead of normal filters. HEPA filters come with a fine mesh that helps filter out dust mites and other allergens from the air. Check the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value ratings of a filter before buying it. High MERV rating filters trap even the tiny dust particles.
- Do not ignore regular HVAC maintenance, cleaning, and servicing. Work with a professional Fenton HVAC company to service and clean your HVAC system at least once every year.