Summer guarantees high heat and humidity in the Sarasota area each year. With these typical summer conditions comes an increase in asthma problems.
How Does Summer Weather Trigger Asthma?
Soaring temperatures and higher humidity levels alone can trigger asthma symptoms. A recent study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that asthmatics typically had no problem breathing at 71 degrees but struggled immensely at 120 degrees. Researchers decided that stress from heat to the airways in the lungs leads to an increase in asthma reactions.
Humidity plays a vital role in asthma issues as well because where there’s moisture, there are mold and dust mites. Higher humidity levels cause increases in elemental carbon from pollutants.
How to Control Humidity Indoors
For those with breathing problems, maybe the only way to stay healthy is to stay indoors as much as you can during the summer. But sometimes that isn’t enough. Controlling indoor humidity will not only help with asthma attacks caused by moisture, but also with asthma attacks caused by the irritants that moisture fosters.
You can do a few simple things to keep moisture under control in your home, including:
- Take houseplants outside since leaves emit moisture, and cover houseplant soil to keep water from evaporating.
- If your AC has humidity control, set it below 50 percent, and change filters every month to keep air flowing.
- Fans keep air circulating and help with evaporation.
- Have everyone take shorter showers using cooler water.
- Dry clothes outdoors, and if that’s not an option because of allergens, make sure your dryer vent leads outside.
When to Call a Professional
Heating and air conditioning technicians can help keep your home healthier by controlling humidity, pollutants, and common irritants through filtration, ventilation, heating and cooling, and duct cleaning. We offer the latest options to keep your indoor air quality at an ideal level.
Give Aqua a call today at (941) 306-3715 today for help with improving the air quality in your home.
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