For those with allergies, asthma, or another respiratory condition, the dog days of summer are difficult at best. High humidity and air heavy with mold, mildew, pollen, and other allergens work together to exacerbate symptoms, and relief may feel hard to find. Luckily, your central air conditioning system can help keep your allergy and asthma symptoms at bay, but there are 4 critical points to consider before you can rest easy.
4 Factors Affecting Air Quality and Humidity During the Summer Months
- Air Conditioner Maintenance: An air conditioner coated in dirt cannot effectively remove humidity from the air in the home. Remove this dirt and you make it easy to remove humidity and create a cool, comfortable environment. A professional yearly maintenance check can do this for you, and as an added benefit, your a/c will lose less energy too!
- Filter Replacements: A/C maintenance is not enough to keep your system clean! Removing allergens and preventing excessive dirt and dust from obstructing the unit during the season is easy when you replace your filter on a regular basis. Monthly and bi-monthly replacements are the most common replacement times, but check your filter for a more specific time frame.
- Air Duct Cleaning: A clean air conditioner and clean air filter will vastly improve air quality, but filthy ducts can impede your results. A professional air duct cleaning will scrub every inch of your ducts clean.
- Too Low Humidity: The air conditioner does reduce the humidity in your home, but you don’t want to eliminate humidity all together. Excessively low humidity levels can actually harm rather than help asthma sufferers. Keep humidity between 30% and 40%. If the humidity levels drop below 15% you may need to consider using a humidifier to keep the air most enough to breathe.
Consider how these factors may be affecting your allergy or asthma symptoms, and act! Make the changes necessary to not improve home comfort but also to breathe easier all summer long!