As spring turns to summer, it officially signals the start of the seasonal activities, usually involving a nice, refreshing dip in the sea or chilling by the poolside. But it’s not all fun and games for everyone. Millions of people are affected annually by allergies. While the early days are marked by health problems from pollen, more allergens pop up in the latter half, including ragweed and mold. The warm, humid weather also breeds dust mites and causes skin conditions like hives and eczema to flare up. No wonder so many people choose to stay indoors! But this is a huge mistake because contrary to popular belief, the quality of indoor air is two to five times more polluted than that outside. And, given that we spend 90 percent of our time indoors (Source: cfpub.epa.gov), a tad concerning. The only way to ward off allergies and remain healthy indoors is to ensure proper ventilation, and switch on your AC unit periodically for clean, filtered air.
Bid Goodbye to Dust Mites
Dust mites are microscopic creatures that nest in carpets, beds, and other surfaces around the home and expel fecal matter into the air. The fecal matter causes asthma and other health problems. However, equipping your AC with a dehumidifier eliminates the excess moisture from the indoor air, and slowly dehydrates the mites themselves. As their movements and reproductive processes become more sluggish, fecal matter production decreases as well, thereby removing the cause of several breathing problems.
Poor air circulation can also lead to dust mite infestations in your house. If your air conditioning system is ill-maintained, improperly installed, or poorly designed, the dust mite population will continue to grow unchecked in the cold spots of your house. To protect your loved ones against dust mite allergies, a suitable AC is required that is carefully installed, well-designed, regularly maintained and fitted.
Make Your Home Inhospitable to Mold
Mold enjoys a humid and moist environment, and once developed, it worsens asthma and other allergies. In the worst case scenario, mold can result in grave sickness and even death. Maintaining the humidity level indoors within 30 percent and 50 percent not only improves your comfort level but also prohibits the further growth of mold. An AC can help you achieve such a consistent level of humidity indoors. At the same time, it’s a good idea to inspect the humid or damp parts of your cooling system – the ducts, the drip pan and drain, the evaporator coils, and air handler – every week for signs of mold.
Take Care of the Pollen Problem in Your Home
Open windows and doors are ideal entry points for pollen to enter your home, but they may also be tracked inside on clothing and shoes. This pollen then sticks to furniture and carpeting, triggering seasonal allergies among the inhabitants. Health experts recommend using ACs to filter the pollen from the air, especially if you live in a flora-rich state like California or Alabama.
If you plan on staying indoors during the summer, prep your room so that the quality of indoor air is not responsible for any seasonal allergies. Ensure your wellbeing and that of your loved ones by switching on the air conditioner in your home. But make sure the machine is well-maintained and clean. To check the condition of your cooling system, call an expert here.