Asthma is a common chronic lung disease that can make it difficult to breathe. The best way to control asthma is to know what your asthma triggers are and how to avoid them. Though these asthma triggers vary with people, some of the most common are dust particles, pests, chemical odors, smoke, pet dander, bacteria and mold. Exposure to these irritants and allergens that are in your indoor air can make your asthma symptoms worse by irritating your airways. This is the reason it is important to keep the indoor air quality clean and healthy.
Air conditioners contribute to a great extent in keeping the indoor air healthy for asthma patients by removing the dust particles and several other asthma triggers from the indoor air. Air conditioners control the level of humidity in your home and thus prevent the growth of mold and algae. So keeping your air conditioner clean and optimizing it with regular maintenance can help reduce your exposure to harmful asthma triggers.
1. Ensure the regular maintenance of your AC
Make sure your air-conditioning units are well maintained by having an inspection from a trustworthy maintenance company at least once a year. Lack of proper maintenance can substantially bring down the operating efficiency of your Air Conditioner and trigger asthma symptoms.
2. Change Your Air Conditioner Filter Regularly
A clogged and dirty filter won’t remove dust particles and allergens from the air. When people with asthma breathe in this unclean air, it worsens their asthma symptoms.
3. Clean the AC duct and drain line
Your AC ducts and drain lines could be harboring contaminants, mold, algae and bacteria. Regular inspection and cleaning of these can help to improve the indoor air quality.
4. Control the indoor humidity
High moisture content not only create a favorable environment for mold growth but also irritate and restrict the air passage, triggering asthma attacks. Though your air conditioner reduces humidity to some extent, consider installing a whole-home dehumidifier to keep humidity levels under control.
5. Improve Indoor Quality
Though an AC unit filters the dust particles from the air, most of the bacteria, microbes easily manage to get through, owing to their tiny size. In addition to having an air conditioner, consider installing UV lamps and air purifiers to further improve the indoor air quality.