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Allergies? How to Choose the Right Furnace Filter for Treating Allergy Symptoms

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Do you have plant or pet-related allergies? If you do, join the crowd – according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, over 50 million people suffer from allergies in the U.S., and allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic sickness.

Allergies are a common problem in the spring and fall, but for sensitive people, they can persist year-round. If your allergies are severe or you live with a beloved pet who causes allergy symptoms, using an allergy furnace filter can be a lifesaver.

If you suffer from allergies, one of your best defenses is something you may have never considered, switching your furnace filter for allergies.

It’s a simple decision that can make a huge difference, and it doesn’t take a great financial investment to be effective. Most quality allergy furnace filters cost around $10-$20 for a single filter and can be purchased in bulk at a small discount.

It’s very easy to change your furnace filter, but if you don’t have time you can always call a professional like AirZone to do it for you.

How A Good Filter Can Make A Difference

One good example of an allergy furnace filter is the version manufactured by Filtrete. There are also other brands, like Aerostar, Honeywell, and AllergyZone that produce quality filters.

For best results, pay attention to the MERV rating, or minimum efficiency reporting value, which you want to be as high as possible. You should also make sure the MPR rating, which stands for microparticle performance rating, is at least in the 1000-1200 range. Filtrete makes a version with a very high MERV rating of 12, so that may be the best allergy furnace filter currently on the market.

When you suffer from allergies, the best furnace air filter will always be the one that traps the most pollen, pet dander, mold, and dust mite dirt. If you aren’t sure which one is right for you, try a medium-priced version and see how you feel. You can always upgrade until you find one that works.

Where to Buy a Furnace Filter for Allergies

Good allergy furnace filters are available on Amazon.com, as well as your local retailer or hardware store like Walmart, TrueValue, or Home Depot. You can also get them from HVAC servicers and manufacturer websites, but they may be slightly more pricey.

How Often to Change a Furnace Filter

Most manufacturers recommend a furnace filter replacement every 60 to 90 days, but you do not have to stick to that recommendation. If you have a severe problem with allergy symptoms, you can try changing the allergy filter every 30 days.

Once you’ve found the best furnace air filter for allergies, it’s helpful to keep an extra one on hand in case you can’t get out to the store due to inclement weather.

What We Can Do to Help

If you’ve been suffering from allergies, it’s time to stop sneezing! Why suffer if you don’t have to?

We do installations and furnace maintenance, so changing out the allergy filter for you would be a cinch. If you have any additional questions about how to find and select a good furnace filter for allergies, we can point you in the right direction.

Allergies are the worst! We get it, and we can help. Contact us today.

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