Hay fever affects over five million children and over nineteen million adults across the US. It is hard enough navigating the streets and other outdoor places when you are coughing and sneezing, with swollen eyes and raspy breathing, without having to cope with these symptoms inside the home too.
If you are finding yourself struggling with your allergies at home, you will likely find that the air filters in your air conditioning unit could use some cleaning and maintenance. When filters are not well-maintained, air pollutants such as pollen, pet dander, and dust mites can begin to circulate in your home. Breathing in air pollutants will have an adverse effect on your lung health and cause allergic reactions. So, check, maintain, clean and replace your filters regularly to prevent and minimize allergies and asthma symptoms at home.
How Air Conditioning Contributes To Allergies
If you do not regularly maintain the filters in your air conditioning unit, you will find that a buildup of air pollutants will grow inside the unit. This causes the air it pumps out to be filled with microscopic irritants to your ears, nose, and throat, and this, in turn, can lead to asthma or allergies in the home.
Pollen is a trigger for hayfever and sinus problems and comes into the home through windows and on clothes. Mould and mildew, for instance from a damp humidifier or cooling coil, can cause adverse effects to your lungs. Pet dander can also be to blame for allergic reactions in the home. Keeping your pets well-groomed can prevent dander from becoming airborne via your AC unit. You can also begin to feel ill at home due to airborne bacteria and viruses, such as influenza, chickenpox, measles, and legionella. Dust mites breed inside air conditioners and feed on small particles of human skin. When inhaled they can cause allergic symptoms. Finally, pollution from the outside comes in through windows and doors.
Maintain and Clean Your Filters
Air pollutants such as those listed above cause around sixty percent of asthma cases. The best way to prevent air pollutants from circling your home is to check the air filters in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units. During allergy season, it is recommended that you change your air filters at least once a month to minimize risks and symptoms of HVAC allergies. Improving the air quality in your home can lead to a significant improvement in your breathing and overall feeling of wellness.
Even if the temperature in your home is fine, it is worth running your HVAC unit for around twenty minutes a day to prevent the air from becoming stagnant. Your air conditioning freshens the air in your home by pumping in fresh air from outside, filtering it, and removing stagnant air from inside the home. This is another allergy fix and well worth remembering.
AC-Related Allergy Symptoms
Symptoms of allergic reactions caused by air pollutants in your air conditioning unit include sneezing, coughing, tiredness, dizziness, fever, shortness of breath, wheezing, watery eyes, and digestive issues. If you or a family member are experiencing any of these symptoms, this is your reminder to allergy-proof your home environment.
Even if nobody in your household suffers from allergies or asthma, you do not want to be breathing in dust mites, cockroach droppings, pollution, or mold spores. Just because you feel fine just now does not mean ignoring the problem is advisable. Maintain your filters to prevent the onset of allergies and asthma and protect your lungs.
Other Useful Tips
To avoid air pollutants entering the home, keep doors and windows closed as much as you can. On top of this, try to keep your home dust and debris free, as this minimizes the risks of small particles circulating in the AC.
Get a high-quality pre and second filter and spend a sufficient amount on a good quality filter, rather than spending as little as possible on a poor product. You should clean the ducts as well as the vents in your AC units, as the ducts too can gather debris and cause air pollutants to be pumped into the home.
It is also worth signing up for an annual maintenance plan for your HVAC system. Professional cleaning of your AC unit at least once a year can improve the efficiency of airflow, ensure high-quality air circulation in your home, and minimize the risk of breakdown of older units.
Change Your Filters Today
The simplest way to avoid air pollutants circulating in your home is to regularly check, maintain, clean, and replace the air filters in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Forgetting or neglecting to do so can lead to allergy and asthma symptoms, such as shortness of breath, wheezing, sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes, among others.