If you or a family member has asthma, your heating and air conditioning system can either be contributing to symptoms of asthma or causing asthma attacks by harboring and spreading allergens. Or, if your HVAC system is running efficiently, it could be creating an environment that helps you manage your allergy symptoms and keeps the air inside your home healthier and cleaner. A properly functioning HVAC system can help reduce indoor allergens in part by maintaining a consistent indoor environment free from external, airborne irritants.
Central a/c can help asthmatics breathe, sleep, and live easier, but only if the system is working the way it is supposed to be. In order to maximize the effectiveness of your HVAC unit, it must be maintained properly. Between proper air balancing, duct sealing, and using the correct filter, you can prevent pollen and other allergens from getting in your house, significantly reducing allergies and asthma symptoms.
Have the unit serviced annually by a certified HVAC contractor and you will dramatically improve the air quality in your home while also prolonging the life of your heating and air conditioning system by stopping dirt and other small particles from getting to the mechanical components that make up the unit.
Since the allergens found in indoor air are mostly tiny irritants such as pollen and bacteria, as well as pet dander, cockroach, and other insect pest particles, they are easily inhaled. It is important that people with asthma maintain a healthy indoor environment in order to reduce exposure to these indoor asthma triggers. Not only can poor indoor air quality make the symptoms of asthma worse for someone who already has it, but it may also play a role in the development of asthma in more susceptible people, like small children.
Keeping the air in your home free of these allergens is an important step towards keeping your family healthy. Call John’s so we can address any symptoms of asthma you may be experiencing, service your HVAC unit, and discuss which filter is best for your system. Because we are your indoor comfort specialists.