Tips from Toby: Fighting seasonal allergies

This has been the worst summer in years for allergy problems. Some of your allergy issues could be because of a dirty furnace filter.

If it feels like your allergies are worse this year, it's probably because they are. The late Spring and milder temperatures this year have created a strong growing environment.

While this has been great for our lawn and landscapes, it also means lots of weeds are growing strong too. Grass pollen is flourishing this allergy season and Ragweed is here to stay.

There's not a lot you can do to keep the outside air clean so that means we need to create a sneeze free zone in our homes.

Our friends at Anthony, Plumbing Heating and Cooling are seeing one of the biggest culprits with allergy problems on service calls every day. The more contaminates that are floating around in the air means those furnace filters are catching a lot of debris.

These things can get very dirty in a hurry and lose their effectiveness or, if too dirty, can shut down your air system. Anthony recommends changing your furnace filter immediately if you haven't done it for a while and then change it out every 30 days.

While this may cost you a little more you won't have to worry about as many pollutants in your air every day.

Another great tip is to run your furnace fan even when your air conditioning system or furnace is not running. Just turn the fan to "on" instead of auto or off and let it run a couple of hours each day to freshen the air in your home.

Finally if you really want to go a step higher you can take a look at these air exchange handlers. These use the energy of your system to bring fresh air in from the outside and flush the stale air out in your home.

The stale air is vented right out the side of your home. A system like this would be ideal for those of you that suffer from allergies year round.

Now is the time to get your furnace tuned up. Don't wait until that first cold blast and find out you need one.

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