Have you ever noticed that you feel better outdoors than inside? As soon as you’re home, the uncomfortable feeling comes back. Do you get riddled with a stuffy nose every day or forced to listen to your constant sneezing even though you know you’re not sick? It’s possible your AC can be to blame for your symptoms. Many people face allergy problems in their homes and may not even recognize them. Here are some possible signs of AC allergies:
- Stuffy, runny, or itchy nose
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Shortness of breath
To figure out how to reduce allergic reactions, first, we need to understand how an AC works. Air conditioners work by recirculating air throughout the home to regulate a set temperature. It’s the filter's job to sort out air impurities so that you can get quality air. When your filter is clogged, those contaminants are backed up in your system, congesting airflow, and preventing cleaner air from circulating which can flare up your allergies.
Some tips to prevent allergies are:
- Installing a dehumidifier
Though an AC is supposed to help reduce humidity in the home, it’s still possible for humidity levels to be too high in your home which can attract unwanted guests. Dust mites, mold, and mildew thrive in humid conditions. Dust Mites are microscopic, feed off dead skin cells, and like to store themselves in dark, damp places such as upholstered couches and mattresses. Humidity encourages them to not only thrive but also to reproduce. With mold and mildew, humidity allows them to grow which can be spread to you. If you notice any water, water-damaged, or wet areas, clean them up immediately. Then, use a dehumidifier in the room that was once wet. The dehumidifier will help take down these pests by removing moisture in the air and preventing them from coming back.
- Change your filter regularly
As we mentioned before, a clogged filter is insufficient to remedy allergic reactions. It’s best to change your filter at least once or twice a month depending on what suits you best and clean up any debris that’s around your indoor unit. You can also consider the type of filter you’re using as an added step to prevent further irritation. Some common filter types are fiberglass, pleated polyester, high-efficiency, and HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance). The cheapest option is the fiberglass filter but it won’t filter out as much. A pleated polyester is a good option as it’s better than a fiberglass filter but you’re better off going for a High-efficiency filter that removes 85% of pollution. If you’re willing to pay extra, a HEPA filter that has to meet strict standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy is the right way to go. This filter removes 97% of all particles in the air and is great for those wanting to improve their air quality significantly.
- Call your local AC technician
It’s important to note, that clogged filters can also lead to air conditioner problems such as system deterioration and air conditioner inefficiency which can contribute to your problems as well. You need a unit in tip-top shape if you want to prevent allergies from controlling your life. Even if you change your filter, it still might not give the results you want. Contact your local AC service provider and see what can be done to improve your system. Most companies provide AC preventative maintenance which allows you to have annual or multiple visits throughout the year to make sure your unit is up to standard. You should also have a professional clean your air ducts, clean your AC coils, and fix any repairs. You will improve your air quality and keep your unit in great shape.
- Add An Air Purifier
We may think we’re safe once we’re inside, but every day we bring in harmful toxins from the outside into our home which can affect our health. Pollutants can linger on our skin or clothes and when we come home, they can get in our air manifesting as air pollution, bacteria, and viruses. Though air filters are supposed to filter the air, depending on the type you choose, it’s best to supplement the air filtering process with an air purifier. An Air purifier works by filtering out air through a filter just like your AC, the only difference is that it’s a separate machine that you can put in any part of your home. Depending on the size of a room, you’ll need to make sure your purifier is big enough to filter the entire room. You can also prevent contamination to your home by keeping windows and doors closed while your AC and purifier are. This will allow you to have a cleaner environment.
Allergies can be a serious drain on your physical well-being if you have to put up with it constantly. If you try some of our tips, you will notice the improvements in your air quality. Looking for an AC service provider in Tampa? You’ve come to the place! At Momentum AC right we provide AC repairs, installations, and air duct cleaning for homes and commercial buildings. Call us now at (877)-848-4822!