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2 Things To Do With Your Furnace To Help Alleviate Allergies

If you have someone at your house who has problems with allergies, you want to make sure that you are doing everything possible to deal with their allergies. One of the things that you might not realize that you are going to have to deal with is your heating system. That's because if you have forced air heating, you can end up blowing allergens and dust all around your house, which can aggravate people's allergies even more. There are things that you can do to help keep any allergy problem down. 

Change or Clean Filters Regularly

There are filters in your furnace and heating system. The filters are there to keep any contaminants out of the air being blown through your house. But if the filters are dirty, they can't do their job because there is just no more space for the filter to catch anything. You will want to check and either change or clean your filters regularly. Some people suggest that you check monthly to make sure that the filters are catching as many allergens as possible.

An added benefit of cleaning or changing your filters regularly is that it can help your furnace to run more efficiently because if the filters are dirty, the heated air can't get through them as easily, which makes your heater have to work harder to blow the same amount of heat. 

Use HEPA Filters

While you are dealing with your filters, you can also make sure that you are changing them out for HEPA filters. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate absorber. In order to qualify as a HEPA filter, it has to meet very strict guidelines. The filter has to be able to remove more than 99% of all contaminants and particulates in the air that are larger than 3 micrometers. One micrometer is 1/25,400th of an inch. For a reference that is easier to compare, a hair from your head is at least 100 micrometers wide. Most contaminants and pollutants are larger than 3 micrometers big, which means that the filter should be able to catch them and keep them from blowing around your house, irritating allergies and making your house all dusty. 

The air quality in your house during the winter is worse than the air quality outside. That can really aggravate allergies. But there are things that you can do that can help to alleviate the allergens and contaminants in the air.