During the winter, the trees and plants are dormant. It would be impossible to find a green leaf or a flower when it’s freezing outside. Since there aren’t any pollen particles in the air, why are you coughing, sneezing, and sniffling? It could be because of your home’s heater.
Each fall and winter when Cleveland residents crank up their furnaces, their heating systems can be flooding their homes with dust and other allergens. You see, all summer long, heating ducts are collecting dust and other bothersome allergens.
When people turn their heaters on after spending a whole season collecting allergens, they often find themselves sneezing and coughing. This is especially the case if they haven’t cleaned their heating ducts in a long time.
Preventing Winter Allergies
Winter allergies from dirty heating systems can lead to coughing, sneezing, and stuffiness, which can cause people to have difficulty sleeping. Fortunately, there are some real solutions that can help prevent winter allergies.
For one, we recommend cleaning your heating ducts before turning on your heater for the first time in the fall. We also suggest leaving your home while the ducts are being professionally cleaned. How come? Because, as they’re being cleaned, the process will release a lot of mold and dust, which shouldn’t be inhaled by anyone, even the family pets.
Once your heating ducts are cleaned, you want to make sure your filters are in excellent shape. We suggest installing permanent HEPA filters because they remove more than 90 percent of the particulate matter (see definition here). They’re far better than the disposable ones.
When you have permanent filters, don’t forget to clean them. When filters get saturated, the air flow is impeded and the heating system becomes inefficient, and the filters won’t do their job anymore.
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