With summer in full swing, many Thomasville, North Carolina, residents are dealing with increased asthma symptoms. Although outdoor allergens can trigger asthma attacks, air conditioning can alleviate all the symptoms that come with them. That’s why it’s crucial to maintain your central AC unit year-round.
Summertime Asthma Triggers
Breathing in outdoor particles is unavoidable. Summer brings with it an increase in pollen, animal dander, dust, dirt, and other contaminants. Since we also spend more time outdoors hiking, swimming, and barbecuing, we’re more likely to expose ourselves to these common allergy triggers. Unfortunately, these allergens can aggravate asthma and cause asthma attacks.
How Air Conditioning Helps
Central air conditioning alleviates asthma by providing a consistent indoor environment free from airborne allergies. Air conditioning also removes heat and humidity from inside the home, which is important because these factors often lead to the growth of dust mites and increased moisture.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the ideal relative humidity indoors is between 30 and 50 percent. Since North Carolina experiences humid summers, your best bet is running the AC to remove this excess moisture and limit biological growths.
Air Conditioning Tips for Asthma Sufferers
Be sure that you don’t run your central AC on the “fan only” setting, as this means the air recirculates without any dehumidifying or cooling functions. You want the unit to condition the air and remove those asthma-triggering particles. If you’re worried about the costs of running your AC all summer long, invest in a smart thermostat.
Change the air filter monthly, especially if you have pets. While most experts recommend changing the filter once every three months, this simply won’t do for most asthma sufferers. Changing the filter once a month ensures your air conditioner is operating at peak efficiency without being bogged down by clogs.
Don’t suffer through your asthma symptoms any longer. Call Air Treatment Inc. at 336-790-3206 to schedule your annual air conditioning maintenance or repair service. We’ll have you breathing easier in no time.
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