How Your AC May Be Causing Your Allergies

How Your AC May Be Causing Your Allergies

If you suffer from allergies, you may see it as your best bet to stay inside during pollen season to avoid a runny nose or a sneezing fit. However, what many people don’t realize is that the air inside your home can actually be more polluted with allergens than the air outside! In fact, the average home is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air.

What may surprise you even further is that your air conditioning system likely plays a factor in all this. Learn more about how your AC could be contributing to your allergies and how you can boost your indoor air quality to kick allergens to the curb.

Is Your AC Making You Sick?

When not properly cleaned and maintained, or when too much humidity is present, your AC can become a haven for mold, bacteria and other potentially harmful microorganisms. Additionally, dirty filters and poor ventilation allow allergens like pet dander and pollen to circulate through your home indefinitely. Certain factors may even cause airborne viruses to linger in your home instead of dying.

Indoor air pollution can not only aggravate allergies and other conditions like asthma, but can also cause isolated symptoms like coughing, sneezing and irritation of the nose, eyes and throat.

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality and Eliminate Allergens

Although a dirty AC may contribute to your allergies, a system that is equipped with the right devices and given the right care will help you stay healthy. Here are a few solutions to boost your indoor air quality and make your home a healthier place to live.

Install a UV light: These devices use the power of ultraviolet light to stop germs in their tracks. When installed in your air handler, a UV light is effective at wiping out entire populations of dangerous microorganisms and preventing them from coming back. Plus, when concealed inside your AC, they are perfectly safe to use around your family!

Get a Dehumidifier: Indoor humidity is a big problem in Florida, and that means our homes are susceptible to excess moisture that gives way to mold and mildew growth. While our ACs are designed to keep excess moisture out, they sometimes need a little help when circumstances favor the humidity. Fortunately, a dehumidifier makes the perfect sidekick, working alongside your AC to remove moisture from the air and keep things cool.

Schedule Regular AC Maintenance: The cleaner your AC is, the cleaner your air will be. When a professional technician comes to perform maintenance on your AC, they’ll inspect your entire system to make sure everything is working like it’s supposed to be and that no built up debris is harming your indoor air quality. An AC maintenance visit will also help to improve your energy efficiency and could even help lower your energy bills!

Start Breathing Cleaner With Engineered Air!

At Engineered Air, your family’s health is one of our top priorities. We believe your home should provide a safe escape from the pesky allergens that make you feel less than your best. From UV lights to regular maintenance, we provide a variety of air quality solutions to make your home a healthier place to live. Give us a call or schedule service online to learn more!