Why Do I Sneeze When My Furnace Turns On?

Sneezing-GirlIt is that wonderful time of year. The leaves are changing color, the temperatures are no longer oppressively hot, (I for one love the cold weather), and pumpkin everything! This is also one of the best seasons for craft beers. However, it is also that time when people turn their furnaces on for the first time in months, and those of us with forced air furnaces know the smell all too well. Dust, dirt, and mold; all the “junk” that has accumulated in your ducts are being shot right out of your vents and directly into the air.

These elements along with other contaminants in your vent system are all potential allergy reactors. If you have tendency to sneeze or you smell a foul odor when you start your furnace, it is a clear cut sign that you are in need of air duct cleaning.

All furnaces have filters on the vents to clean air that moves through the system, yet some of these filters are completely useless. You have probably seen them in the store, and they usually cost around a dollar. Sound familiar? The majority of the debris in your return ducts will blow right through these cut-rate filters and into your supply vents. The more upmarket filters will remove debris, however, these are only effective for the return vents. Any debris that settled in the supply vents is already past the filter at that point.

Also, keep in mind is that if you have a damp basement or a humidifier on your furnace, there is a strong possibility that you may have mold growing on debris in your supply vents. Moisture that works into the vent system provides water needed for mold growth. We find that most people do not know their system is equipped with a humidifier on their furnace or do not know how to operate this unit properly. This is a lose-lose situation.

If you care about your health and the health of your family, you should hire a company that guarantees clean vents and superior air quality. Call us today for a free estimate before you turn that heater on!