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Long-time listener, first-time caller. Answered a lot of questions between here and Dan's book?
I'll get right to it—I suspect our heating system is causing me headaches when I sleep. There's a mild but distinct rusty/steamy odor that comes from the radiators, which is likely enough to give me a headache (I'm extremely sensitive to a lot of stuff like perfume and dust, which give me similar headaches). I'm working with a couple doctors to see if there's a medical way to deal with the headaches, but in the meantime I'm just trying to eliminate triggers. FWIW, the issue doesn't seem to be from the dry air (humidifier didn't help). My current theory is there's some trace amount of steam and rust getting into the air before the valve in the vent shuts.
Last winter I had the same problem, but as able to remedy by changing the vent on the radiator and buying a HEPA filter. I slept soundly for the rest of the winter after that. This year the HEPA filter isn't helping and I'm waking up with the headaches again. I haven't changed the vent yet as I figure it should still be good after less than a year, but I'm planning to change it anyway since our bedroom is getting a bit too hot at night.
My questions are:
- Is there a way to cut down the rusty smell?
- Is there a way to be sure no steam is escaping into the room?
If anyone has any thoughts or insights I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!