The worst time for people to start suffering from allergy problems is usually around the spring when pollen starts to take over everything in the South. Everything from sneezing to difficulty breathing is a clear indicator that your allergies are flaring up. Conversely, it is also common for people to suffer from allergies in their home thanks to poor indoor air quality. IAQ allergies are a major nuisance for many homeowners.
Some people begin to notice side effects or even flu-like symptoms when they turn on their air conditioner. This could be a sign that you’re having a negative reaction to the dust in your air, or other contaminants like mold or mildew. This airborne debris will circulate inside the room mainly through the AC ducts.
If you have noticed that you become troubled by allergies whenever the AC is turned on this summer, you should keep reading because we’ll discuss a few tips and tricks that can help you prevent allergy-causing issues inside your home.
1. Regularly clean your home’s AC filters
Step one is cleaning your home’s air filters to remove collected dust, dirt, and other contaminants—including particles that cause IAQ allergies. Over time, your air filter can become clogged with dirt and dust. Not only will this reduced airflow put strain on your HVAC system, but it will also start to degrade the air quality in your home.
You should have your AC filter cleaned by a professional AC technician from Dent Air Conditioning as part of your seasonal AC tune-up. Doing this will ensure that far less dust permeates the air, resulting in much fewer and far less severe indoor allergic reactions.
2. Be aware of your home’s temperature
You should keep your home’s temperature around 73°. Keeping your home’s temperature too low can irritate the sinus and mucus membranes in your body and result in increased allergies and sores.
Also, when entering your house from outside while it’s blistering hot in South Mississippi, you should allow your body time to cool down before entering the air-conditioned room.
3. Monitor your home’s humidity level
On one hand, too much humidity inside of your home can be very uncomfortable. It can also be as equally as uncomfortable for there to be too little humidity. While this isn’t a common summer problem here in Mississippi, running your AC for an extended period of time, like during the hot summers, can easily dry out the air inside your home. This can make you feel uncomfortable and even lead to some physical symptoms, such as bloody noses. Your respiratory system requires a certain level of humidity to function properly, so dry air will also result in clogged sinuses and sores.
The humidity level in the home should be anywhere between 30 and 50 percent. If you notice that the humidity is lower than this, you can purchase a humidifier that can keep the humidity inside the room at the optimal level. Another trick you can do is to buy an air conditioner that comes with a dehumidifier feature. Keeping the humidity at an adequate level will prevent any health issues or IAQ allergies from flaring up.
4. Take in some fresh air
This could be the most important piece of advice in this article: get some fresh air. Spending too much time in an air-conditioned room can lead to increased allergy problems and can potentially turn into an allergic reaction or even sinus infection. The reason this happens is because it disrupts your immune system. Take breaks from spending long areas in the cool zone created by an AC.
Even something as small as 5 minutes of getting up to spend time outside in the fresh air can be beneficial for your health. Also, you can consider turning your AC off for a few minutes at night and opening the windows to let fresh air into your home.