Is My Furnace Aggravating My Allergies?

The Cause of Your Winter Sniffles is Close to Home

With cold, flu and COVID-19 looming, it can be difficult to determine the cause of your itchy eyes, scratchy throat, and sneezing.

One of the best ways to diagnose your symptoms is to visit any of our local board-certified allergists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia for treatment. Once we determine that you have allergies, you may be surprised to know the allergen you’re allergic to is closer to home than you realize.

HVAC Usage & Allergy Symptoms

For many people, the majority of their time is spent indoors — especially now that it’s winter and many of us are working from home. If you wake up every day with the same symptoms, your furnace or HVAC could be the culprit.

Here in Georgia, many patients turn up the AC in the summer and throw on some heat in the winter. Triggering your heating and cooling unit for the season tends to send many household allergens throughout your home’s air, including pollen, dust, pet dander, and other particles.

If your air ducts have leaks, or the filters on your air conditioner or heater are clogged or dirty, it can cause the air in your home to be full of pollutants.

Improving Your Symptoms

To prevent unnecessary allergy symptoms, you should have your heating and cooling system maintained at least twice a year — especially before your spring allergies hit. Keeping your air filters clean is one of the best ways to cut down on allergens in your home. Ensure that you’re installing filters that are best for people with allergies, such as fiberglass filters.

Seek Allergy Treatment at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia

Though you can work to improve your symptoms at home, you may not be able to find total relief on your own. Whether you’ve had allergies for years or recently experienced symptoms, seeking treatment for your allergies with our board-certified specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia can help.

Now more than ever, it’s crucial for patients to seek treatment to keep their symptoms at bay and prevent unnecessary exposure to an urgent care or emergency room. Our team at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia can help you determine if you are suffering from allergies and create a personalized treatment plan to help you find relief.

Contact our team today to schedule your consultation: (770) 459-0620.

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