AIr Conditioning and its effect on Allergies

When its hot outside, especially when you live in California, the only solace we have from the heat is heading inside to get out of the sun, but if you are an allergy sufferer, you might be compromising your health.  Because houses are closed environments meaning that the windows are caulked, insulated and weatherproofed. They are highly effected barriers for the cool air to escape and mix with the outdoor air.   Unfortunately for Allergy sufferers there are a lot of contaminants that cannot escape the air conditioned environment. Things such as pet dander, dust mites, synthetic fibers as well as pesticides and household cleaning products are a veritable danger zone for those who are allergic.
When the air conditioning unit is turned on, the contaminants get circulated around the house. For allergy sufferers, central AC systems can cause or exacerbate a variety of symptoms including irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, respiratory congestion and shortness of breath, dizziness, headaches and fatigue.  There are remedies to these problems.
First thing a homeowner who is an allergy sufferer can do is to have his air ducts professionally cleaned and inspected for leaks  The house should be cleaned or replaced by a certified HVAC Professional,  He will clean the air filters and remove the contaminants. Air filters are available at home and garden stores.  Some filters are better then others.  An Allergy sufferer should not just get any old filter.  High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are often recommended. HEPA filters are single-use, disposable filters constructed of a dry-type filter medium with a minimum particulate removal efficiency of 99.97% of 0.3 micron or lager contaminants. HEPA filters are available in a range of resistances and flows. Ultra-low penetration aerosol filters are also available and provide filtering of 99.9995% of particles 0.1 microns or larger.

 

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