Coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy eyes, for the 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies these symptoms can happen at any point during the year. One time of year that can be particularly uncomfortable for those suffering from allergies is when the temperatures drop. Dipping temperatures outside mean that people are turning on their heaters inside. The problem is that many have heating systems that force warm air throughout the interior of the home. This moving air can blow dust and other allergens throughout the home, irritating allergy sufferers. Here are three heating tips for allergy sufferers.
During the warm months when heaters are not in use, allergens tend to build up in the air ducts. When the heater is turned on and the air is forced through, these particulates scatter throughout the home. When it comes to removing particulates that can irritate allergy symptoms, HEPA filters are a must for any heating system. HEPA filters work by forcing air through a fine mesh. The fine mesh is able to trap allergy inducing particles such as pet dander, pollen, dust mites, and more. Using these filters with a forced air heating system can help keep allergy symptoms at bay.
Another issue that many allergy sufferers have when the heat comes on are nose bleeds. Heaters dry the air out within the home and in turn dry out nasal passages leading to bleeding. Humidifiers are the best solution to this issue. They range in price from $100 to more than $1,000. A steam humidifier is hardwired into a home’s heating and air conditioning system and regulates humidity throughout the home. This is the best choice for many allergy sufferers. It’s also one of the most expensive options, costing $600 to $1,600 with professional installation.
Radiant Floor Heating
One way to bypass the problems of forced air heating is by getting rid of it altogether. Radiant floor heat allows the home to be heated from below without the use of blowing air. The lack of moving air means that allergens are not stirred up. This type of heating is the best choice for those who suffer from allergies. There are two types of radiant floor heat, electric systems and hydroponic systems. Both options are costly. Electric systems cost $6 to $16 per square foot while hydroponic systems cost $8 to $12 per square foot.
Creating a warm and comfortable indoor environment when temperatures drop can be challenging for those who suffer from allergies. HEPA filters and humidifiers can make a big difference. However, the best choice for heating for those with allergies is to install radiant floor heating. Contact a business, such as Adams Plumbing & Heating, for more information.