Those with fall allergies often just deal with it and wait for everything allergenic to die or be covered with snow. Some people do common-sense fall cleaning, like sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, and washing pillows and bedding to fight seasonal allergies.

One common-sense and impactful way to deal with allergies is to clean out the heating system. Maintaining your home's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can not only help your system work more efficiently; it can also help alleviate your allergies.


The most common way to heat a house is with a furnace. And furnaces and air conditioners need their filters cleaned every couple of months. How often you need to change them will depend on your filter and your furnace. But it is ideal to take the opportunity to change or clean filters and dust off fans after not using them for up to 6 months. There's no sense in welcoming the first cold days of autumn by filling your house with dust, after all. You can read a blog post with more Energy Saver cleaning tips.

If your HVAC system is in dire straits, you may even want to clean out your HVAC ducts. This highly informative article from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency explains the entire process and when you may need to clean out your ducts and when you will not. They do note that just cleaning the dust out of your ducts will not necessarily increase the air quality in your home.

But no matter how you heat (or cool) your home, you want to make sure that the systems you're using have clean filters. This will ensure your appliances are working like they're supposed to. You might even help improve the air quality of your home, which will make life a little easier on those among you who deal with allergies of any sort.