Back when spring was around the corner, we shared with you how to use to your HVAC system to help alleviate allergies. As we plunge deeper now into summer, humidity levels are rising, giving way to another common malady: asthma. Your HVAC system and asthma can be allies or mortal enemies, depending on a few tweaks in your household. Read on to learn how to adjust your home’s environment to improve your asthma condition.
Asthma affects roughly 17 million people in the United States, according to the American Lung Association. Potentially deadly, it also kills about 5,000 people every year. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out a report stating that more than one million people in Texas have asthma. Although the percentage of adults with asthma prevalence is slightly less than the national average, Texas children have a higher rate of asthma than in other states.
Several factors can contribute to asthma. Among them are allergens, mold, and pollutants. Humid air that we experience in North Texas does not directly cause asthma, but can create a breeding ground for the irritants that do, such as dust mites.
Some asthma is cause by exercise and tobacco smoke, but allergens are a primary cause. These allergens trigger an immune response that constricts the airways in your lungs, causing an asthma attack.
Fortunately, you can leverage your HVAC system to manage asthma symptoms for the adults and children in your home. At Gorman Mechanical we suggest four basic approaches.
Clear the Air
We are big on indoor air quality for your North Texas home. Within our indoor air quality department, we offer air purifiers and electronic air cleaners you can install on your HVAC system. These products remove micro particles and pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, mold, smoke, and other asthma triggers, giving your internal air flow a deep cleaning every day.
North Texas residents are no strangers to humidity. When humidity fluctuates, it can trigger asthma symptoms. By controlling your humidity in your home, you manage your asthma. We have multiple humidifiers and de-humidifiers, depending on your region and the time of year.
Ultraviolet or UV lamps are also an essential part of your indoor air quality strategy. These components zap mold and bacteria that thrive in moist environments. Add UV lamps to make sure you eradicate harmful pollutants and allergens in your home.
Last, but certainly not least, maintenance of your HVAC system makes a big difference in managing asthma triggers and symptoms. We always recommend regular ductwork cleaning, air filter changes, and bi-annual preventative maintenance on your unit. If you start noticing indoor air quality diminishing, give us a call. You’ll always find it’s better to be proactive about HVAC maintenance and potential updates than risk your health.
Got asthma? Take action now. Call us today at 817-238-1616 or visit our website for more info.
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