Millions of Americans suffer from asthma. This disease is a chronic health condition that leads to thousands of deaths each year in the United States. Going to the doctor and receiving proper treatment is vital to reducing asthma symptoms, but HVAC system adjustments in your Siesta Key, Florida, home can minimize your symptoms, as well. Changing the HVAC system air filter and reducing humidity levels in the home are just two of a number of adjustments that can alleviate asthma-related symptoms.
Change the HVAC System Air Filter
When asthma sufferers reside in your home, you want to change the HVAC system air filter once every 30 days. Homeowners can perform that task; however, if you’re not comfortable changing the air filter, you can contact a professional HVAC specialist from Aqua Plumbing & Air to change it for you. The filter should be changed once a month or as needed throughout the year. One common misconception is that an air filter should be replaced only during the summer when the air conditioner unit is running.
Choose the Right Type of Filtration Method for Your Home
Not only do you need to change the air filter once a month, but you also need to choose the right filtration method. Many modern HVAC systems are compatible with a variety of filtration options. Standard filtration, though, usually isn’t sufficient in reducing asthma symptoms. A standard air filter pulls dust and airborne contaminants out of the air, but it can’t fully remove the majority of pollutants which can be detrimental to people suffering from asthma.
Speak with one of our Aqua Plumbing & Air HVAC specialists to ensure your heating and air conditioning unit is compatible with the type of filter you’re thinking about using. You should also ask about installing secondary filtration, which combines a standard pre-filter and an electronic filter with a special low-micron filter. This three-stage filtration system kills common airborne contaminants known to aggravate asthma symptoms.
You can also ask our HVAC professionals about installing individual room filters. Ideally, these filters are placed in rooms where asthma sufferers sleep and spend much of their time. When you’re having individual room filters installed, keep in mind that they only filter the air in the rooms in which they are installed.
Upgrade to UV Light Treatment
UV light treatment is an air-quality treatment that is growing in popularity. This treatment method was originally created to combat tuberculosis. At first, the UV lights needed to prevent the spread of this illness were extremely expensive, which was a reason they were commonly seen only in hospitals and large commercial buildings. Thanks to advancements in technology, these lights have dropped substantially in price, and even the average homeowner can afford to install them.
One of our Aqua Plumbing & Air HVAC specialists can install UV lights in your home’s ductwork, which allows the lights to operate via the heart of your HVAC system. This arrangement helps remove airborne pollutants that can aggravate asthma symptoms. It is important to note, however, that UV lights are not effective in treating all asthma triggers, such as cigarette smoke and dust. As such, UV lights should always be used in conjunction with other asthma symptom-reducing solutions.
Lower Humidity Levels
Dust mites are a common trigger for asthma attacks. Cool, humid homes are a haven for these asthma-triggering pests. During the summer, when the air conditioner is running, humidity levels in the home tend to increase, creating a paradise for dust mites.
Cooler air removes moisture from the air, but without a dehumidification solution that is focused on reducing humidity levels, dust mites will continue to flourish. Centralized dehumidification is a way to combat this problem. Our Aqua Plumbing & Air team can perform alterations and upgrades, such as installing a smart thermostat, to an HVAC unit to help ensure you are able to maintain humidity levels that deter dust mites from using your home as a breeding haven.
Ventilate the Home
Proper ventilation is essential to keeping asthma symptoms at bay. Opening windows and screen doors is a great option for increasing airflow throughout the home, but you can’t always open them during hot weather. However, you can use the exhaust fan in the kitchen, for example, to remove stale air from your cooking space.
Use the exhaust fan in your bathroom to keep humidity levels low when you’re taking a shower. Although you may be tempted to take a hot and relaxing shower, the more steam you create during the shower, the harder it will be to keep humidity levels low. If you have a window in the bathroom, you may want to open it and use the exhaust fan while taking a hot shower.
Turn on fans in all rooms if you have recently performed any renovations. Many modern manufacturing materials have strong odors that can easily trigger an asthma attack. The more you keep air flowing throughout the home, the better. Our Aqua Plumbing & Air specialists can thoroughly inspect your home and make adjustments to improve ventilation.
Avoid Using Air Fresheners to Cover Up Odors
Air fresheners are a great addition to any home and are highly recommended to complement your house with a welcoming aroma. Make sure to use ones that don’t irritate your asthma.
Avoid using air fresheners to cover up odors. Musty odors are a huge cause for concern because they tend to be the result of an underlying problem, such as wet carpet or moisture in drywall. You should prioritize addressing musty odors since the cause of the odors can turn into major issues for asthma sufferers.
Have an Indoor Air Quality Assessment Performed
Our HVAC professionals specialize in performing air quality assessments. They can easily identify areas in the home with poor indoor air quality, and they can also perform alterations and upgrades to your home’s HVAC system to improve indoor air quality. Some HVAC professionals can also install air purification systems that connect directly to your HVAC system, which provides a whole-house approach to cleaning indoor air.
Air purifiers can be placed in rooms on an individual basis or they can be connected to your HVAC system. As these units pull air in, they purify it before releasing it back into the home. As you can imagine, the filters in these purifiers become dirty fairly quickly, especially in homes with high amounts of airborne pollutants. You will need to change these filters regularly to ensure the purifiers are maintaining top functionality.
Many types of allergens can make their way into your home, especially if you have indoor pets. Using the right filtration system and air purifying treatments can greatly reduce asthma symptoms. One of our Aqua Plumbing & Air experts can outline the various indoor air treatment options that are available and can help you determine if you need to implement a single-room or whole-house air purifying approach.
Acquire Routine Maintenance
The single most important step you can take to alleviate asthma triggers and symptoms in the home are to have regular maintenance performed on your HVAC system. Maintenance allows an HVAC professional to inspect the system for issues such as dirty ductwork and dirty air filters. By cleaning ductwork, changing air filters, and performing other adjustments, the HVAC system can keep the air in the home much cleaner, which is essential to reduce triggers that commonly bring on an asthma attack.
Regular maintenance also allows your HVAC technician to assess the system and determine when it’s time for a new system to be installed. If your current system can’t properly ventilate and circulate air throughout the home, it’s time to replace it with a new one.
Many modern HVAC systems are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and are specifically designed to target and remove airborne contaminants and pollutants that can aggravate asthma sufferers. You can speak with one of our qualified Aqua Plumbing & Air HVAC professionals to determine which HVAC system is best suited for your home.
Aqua Plumbing & Air specializes in indoor air quality and HVAC maintenance programs. Contact us by visiting our website or give us a call today at (941) 306-3715.
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