While you may have your outdoor allergies in control during the winter months, indoor allergies can be a different story. Many people have persistent allergies in winter due to indoor allergens such as pet dander, bug droppings, dust mites, mold, and other debris creeping in through their duct systems. We also often close all windows and doors and turn up our heating systems—leaving the air to constantly cycle through the home. This can also suck all the moisture out of the air, leaving our sinuses feeling terrible and leaving us more susceptible to sinus infections.
Controlling Winter Allergies
Turn Your Thermostat Down
If you find you are suffering from symptoms of dry air such as dry mouth, dry nasal passages, dry skin, and nosebleeds, you may want to turn your thermostat down a little. The less you have your heat on, the better the humidity levels will be in your home.
Install a Whole House Humidifier
While small, portable humidifiers may help add moisture to one or two rooms in your home, it is not effective for controlling humidity through your entire home. A whole house humidifier can help control the humidity levels in your home, balancing just enough moisture in the air. You can make winter a whole lot easier on your health when you have the right humidity levels in your home.
Consider Having a Ductless System Installed
Ductless systems can both heat and cool your home. The reason why these systems work well for allergy sufferers is due to the fact that there are no ducts. Ducts can often collect and carry dust and allergens, bringing them into the home. Eliminating ducts and adding in a ductless system that filters the air before it reaches your home can help greatly reduce allergens in your home.
Change Your Filter
Be sure to change your HVAC systems filter out before you turn the heat on—and every 30 to 90 days. This will help catch more allergens before they enter your home and also filter out the air already in your ducts.
Have Regular Maintenance Performed on Your Heating System
It is a good idea to have yearly maintenance performed on your heating system. This maintenance can help keep your system working effectively and will help fight problems such as mold and mildew build up.
If you would like to get your heating system ready to handle the winter months, without causing additional allergy issues in your home, contact us today. Jack Lehr Heating, Cooling & Electric has been working in the Greater Lehigh Valley area for over 40 years. We provide quality service at an affordable price. Contact us today and have your heating system ready once the cold weather hits.