6 Ways to Relieve Asthma With Your HVAC SystemPublished on: June 28, 2017
When you have asthma, you try everything you can find to reduce your symptoms. Fortunately, the HVAC system in your Georgia home can help. From state-of-the-art AC units to allergy-reducing add-ons that improve your indoor air quality, today’s HVAC technology will help you breathe easier.
If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, it’s time to upgrade to a more efficient system. HVAC technology has come a long way in the last decade, resulting in innovative systems that provide the airflow your home needs to capture dust and debris inside the air filters. A newer system can also accommodate more air filters throughout the home, giving you even more protection against asthma-triggering pests.
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One of the best AC add-ons for asthma sufferers is an air purifier, although you can also invest in a portable unit to keep allergens at bay.
A whole-home air purifier reduces dust, mold, dander, and pollen in your heating and cooling system, removing them from your living spaces and providing you with cleaner air. The benefit of a whole-home purifier is that you don’t have to rely on a compact unit that only works in one room. With a whole-home air purifier, you can breathe just as easy in your living room and kitchen as you can in your bedroom.
Ultraviolet light technology has been shown to kill bacteria and mold on contact. Because of this, UV lamps integrated into HVAC systems sterilize the coil at the source as well as the air passing through. The result is cleaner, healthier air throughout your home, free from harmful molds and bacteria.
UV lamps do require routine maintenance, just as your HVAC system does, which is something to keep in mind when investing in the add-on. The bulbs should also be replaced every year, so consider this an additional cost. Still, the overall benefits of UV lamps in your HVAC system are overwhelming compared to any drawbacks. For people who have a serious respiratory disease like asthma, UV technology is priceless.
One of the biggest factors in controlling asthma is keeping humidity levels in check. Asthma symptoms tend to flare up during the summer months as the humidity soars, making summer a dreaded season. Inhaling hot, humid air leads to shortness of breath and coughing, which only aggravate asthma.
Most experts agree that keeping the indoor temperature around 71 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal for asthma sufferers, but what about humidity? Unfortunately, not every HVAC unit is designed to control humidity to the degree that asthma sufferers need it. This is where whole-home humidity control can come in handy.
A whole-home dehumidifier in the summer and a humidifier in the winter will keep your home’s humidity levels perfect all year long. You can also experiment with a whole-home humidity-control unit to find your ideal humidity levels.
Don’t be afraid to use your ceiling or box fans while running your HVAC system. Fans not only boost your HVAC’s energy efficiency by helping it reach your desired comfort levels, but they also circulate air. When you suffer from asthma or allergies, you need all the air circulation you can get.
Few things go as far toward alleviating asthma symptoms like regular HVAC maintenance. In general, you should schedule your maintenance annually to make sure everything is in working order. During your routine maintenance, you can also ask your friendly HVAC technician which add-ons work best for your specific concerns.
As part of your regular HVAC maintenance, schedule a ductwork cleaning for added protection. Duct cleaning removes any accumulated dust, dander, and pollen inside your ducts, keeping them from being redistributed throughout your home.
Don’t suffer another day with poor indoor air quality. Let one of AC Southeast®’s authorized dealers inspect your HVAC system and recommend our favorite products for keeping your symptoms in check.