Living with asthma can be extremely difficult, especially for children. If one of your children is constantly struggling with asthma symptoms, the best thing you can do help them is to make sure that the air in your Balch Springs, Texas, home is as clean as possible. Fortunately, cleaning the air in your home and helping you or your family’s asthma symptoms can be handled by installing a high-quality air conditioning system. With the right air conditioning or HVAC system in place, you can help your family breathe easier throughout the year.
What Triggers Asthma Attacks?
Before discussing how your air conditioning system can help improve asthma symptoms, it’s a good idea to learn a little about what can trigger asthma attacks. The biggest reason that you’re suffering from indoor asthma symptoms inside your home is indoor air pollution. Although you may not realize it, small irritants and pollutants can easily make their way into your home’s air and trigger an asthma attack.
Dirt, dust, pet dander, pollen, and other biological growth can be triggers for asthma, so it’s important that you remove these particles from the air in your home. Fortunately, with an optimized air conditioning system, you can increase the quality of your air and reduce your chances of having to deal with an asthma attack.
Install a Quality Filter
You can use your air conditioning system to improve your home’s air quality in several ways, but the most effective method is installing a quality air filter. A good air filter will capture even the finest particles, cleaning the air in your home and allowing you to breathe more comfortably.
When choosing a filter for your air conditioning system, you need to look for a filter with the highest MERV rating acceptable to your HVAC system. MERV stands for minimum efficiency recording value, and the higher the MERV rating, the more capable your filter will be at capturing pollutants.
Purify Your Air
If you’d like your indoor air to be as clean and breathable as possible, you can support your HVAC system by installing an air purifier with a HEPA filter. A high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter has a fine mesh that traps dust, pet dander, pollen, smoke and more.
You can think of your air purifier as a backup to your air conditioning system. Your purifier will catch the particles missed by your HVAC’s filters, cleaning the air in your home even further. While you could install individual air purifiers in each room of your home, the better idea is to incorporate a whole home purifier into your air conditioning system. Whole home purifiers are one of the most effective solutions for removing pollutants from your air and lessening your asthma symptoms.
Humidity is another big problem for asthma sufferers, so it’s important that you’re controlling the humidity in your home so that your chances of an attack are reduced. In Texas, humidity can be a big problem during the hot summer months, which means you’ll need to be particularly aware during this season about how humidity is affecting your asthma.
Luckily, your air conditioning system can also help you control humidity with a whole home dehumidifier. By installing this tool in your air conditioning system, you’ll be able to control the moisture in your home’s air so that you won’t have to worry about humidity triggering an asthma attack.
Keep Your HVAC Maintained
If you want your HVAC system to help with your asthma, you need to make sure that your system is functioning properly. If it’s been awhile since you’ve had your HVAC system inspected, you should call Willard Heating and Air Conditioning today at (972) 564-9785 to set up an appointment. One of our technicians can examine your system to make sure that it is in working order and is optimized to help with your asthma symptoms.
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