Is Your AC Causing Allergies?
If you’re tirelessly cleaning the house, making sure that there isn’t any dust or allergens lying around causing you to sneeze and sniffle all day and night, you’re not alone. For those who are sensitive to allergens, it can be a real task to keep the house clean enough all the time to not have bad allergies, but one place that isn’t commonly checked for as the source of this problem is the air conditioner. Your HVAC system needs to be well maintained, otherwise it could be causing allergy issues.
Experiencing Breathing Problems
One of the most common reactions to allergens are general breathing problems. This can be caused by phlegm build up, nasal congestion, sneezing, wheezing, and often follows into the night, leaving you restless and uncomfortable. These issues arise when air conditioners aren’t cleaned thoroughly, and filters haven’t been changed in a while. When the AC isn’t cleaned enough, it can become home to different kinds of bacteria, and potentially allow the growth of mold or fungi. When these bacteria sit in the AC, and cold air pushes them through, they infiltrate your home, and make it harder for you to breathe, causing indoor allergies. To avoid this, make sure that your AC system is cleaned regularly and change the air filter every couple of months.
Allergens Drying Out Your Skin
Another way that allergies can affect you can be topically, appearing on your skin. The more time that you spend in an air-conditioned environment, the likelier you are to experience dried out, or cracking skin. Without access to moisture, your body may react to the air conditioning negatively. A way to combat this would be to run the air conditioner less if possible, or to moisturize more often to avoid drying out.
Problems with Fatigue, Headaches, and Feeling Ill
Alongside causing general allergies, unclean air can contribute to problems such as fatigue, headaches, and a general ill feeling. Air conditioning plays a role in this, as it isn’t circulating fresh air throughout the building, but rather old air. This can lead to a recycling of animal dander, air-borne infections, and bacteria.
The issue can accelerate even more if the AC isn’t properly or regularly cleaned, and the air filters aren’t changed out often enough. While regularly cleaning the air conditioner, and changing out your air filter is a sure-fire way of diminishing some of these issues, another thing you can do is crack a window open to allow fresh air to cycle through. This also creates a light “leak” so that some of the recycled air can move outside, while letting fresh air in.
Keeping your air clean sounds like a difficult task, but there are little things that you can do to lessen the effects of unclean air on your body, get back to breathing regularly, and rid your home of any sick feelings that can emerge from cycling allergens. Make sure to stay up to date with your air conditioner, cleaning it regularly to avoid build-up of bacteria, and changing out your air filter regularly. If you follow these simple rules, you’ll be back to breathing fresh air in no-time!
Keep Your HVAC System Running Efficiently
Fortunately, there are many cheap and quick tasks you can do reduce issues with your HVAC unit without having to call out a repair company. Please refer to this article for some quick DIY solutions.