If you are one of the millions of people dealing with asthma, especially this time of year, air conditioning may be able to aid in the reduction of triggers and symptoms, helping you to breathe easier. Taking tips from resources like the American Lung Association and Breathe PA, we have some key ways that air conditioning can help you or someone you know manage asthma.
Asthma Triggers and Dehumidification
Dust mites, pet dander, pollen, mold, and chemicals are some indoor triggers that can provoke asthma symptoms, as well as allergies. Dust mites and mold spores are two common triggers that thrive in moist, humid environments. Because air conditioning acts as a dehumidifier, delivering cool, dry air throughout your home, dust and mold will have a harder time surviving. AC is also advised to be used instead of opening windows, which allows all of those outdoor triggers inside.
When it comes to your home’s central air conditioner, annual inspections and routine maintenance are vital to proper performance and efficiency. For an AC to help with asthma, it has to be free of dirt and debris and operating to the best of its ability. This includes regular replacement of the air filter (at least 4 times a year). Gillece Cooling Technicians can perform a seasonal AC Inspection for your system and other repair and maintenance services.
Air Filtration Systems
To take your air conditioner to the next level in regard to your home’s indoor air quality, think about installing an air filtration system. A HEPA filter (High-Efficiency Particulate Air), commonly used in hospitals for pollution and particle control, works to capture at least 99.97% of particles .3 microns in size. Whole-house air cleaners are also effective, taking the place of regular air filters, to neutralize the smallest of allergenic particles in your home.
Using air conditioning to your advantage and improving your indoor air quality can make managing asthma easier during the summer when triggers are abundant. Gillece Cooling and Indoor Air Quality Services can help you take steps to breathe easier- 24/7, 365 days a year. Call Gillece!