With 70 degrees in the outdoor air, you would love to open your windows and bring fresh air into your home. However, if you are an allergy sufferer, now may not be the best time to do that. Gas emissions from neighborhood cars and trucks will be at their peak between the hours of 6:30-9:00 am and 4:30-6:30 pm, so it is recommended to keep your windows closed during those peak pollutant hours.
If you are sensitive to mold and pollen, the early morning hours are not a good time for you to bring the outdoor air into your home. Keep your Raleigh air conditioner on for the best ventilation and airflow in your home, and you will also reduce allergens with a clean air filter. At Carter Heating and Air, we advise Raleigh residents to use their air conditioners to keep the indoor air quality healthier, and to reduce pollutants from entering the home. You may be familiar with the following allergy symptoms that occur from bad air quality, as mentioned on www.webmd.com:
“If you live in a home with chronically poor air quality, you can experience frequent headaches, long lasting colds, and bronchitis as well as chronic asthma,” says E. Neil Schachter, MD, the medical director of respiratory care at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. There are potential sources of air pollution in just about every room of your house, but don’t despair. The good news is that there are easy, and affordable, solutions for most of them.”
If you have not received your annual AC system maintenance this year, now would be the perfect time. Carter Heating and Air provides annual inspections and cleanings to ensure that your allergy symptoms will be reduced with top quality indoor air. When you breathe healthier air, your body feels better and allergy symptoms are reduced. How exactly does an air conditioner remove allergens and pollutants from the air in your home?
Water-soluble Pollutants Are Removed by Using a Raleigh Air Conditioner
Dust mites and dirt will collect and grow if your indoor air is stagnant. Run your AC system to improve the quality of your air and get rid of the particles that cause allergy symptoms. Neil Schachter, MD, recommends running your air conditioner during the summer months to control allergy symptoms:
“Use an air conditioner in the summer, Schachter says. “Many pollutants are water-soluble, and as air conditioners remove water from the atmosphere, they remove these pollutants,” he tells WebMD. “Air conditioners also remove pollen and particulate matter.”
“We tend to keep our windows tightly shut in the winter, but flinging open a window is not the answer,” says Schachter. “Outdoor air contains by-products of gas emissions from cars and trucks, industrial pollution, as well as dirt and mold.”
Improve the humidity level in your home and reduce the amount of particles that cause allergy symptoms by using your air conditioner in Raleigh. At Carter Heating and Air, we repair, maintain and install AC systems for your home. Take charge of the health of your indoor air with a new high efficiency HVAC system and enjoy greater cost savings.
Use Your Air Conditioner in Raleigh and Minimize Dust Mites and Humidity
Dust mites are a common allergy in some households, and the use of your air conditioner will greatly minimize the nœumber of dust mites in your home. At www.webmd.com, this benefit is noted,
“Air conditioning can keep humidity down and reduce dust mite allergens tenfold.”
Along with washing bed linens frequently in warm water, vacuuming regularly and dusting furniture, there are other steps you can take to further reduce dust mites in your home. Install a HEPA filter to prevent the circulation of dust mites and other particles in your indoor air:
“You can make the air conditioner even more effective with a disposable HEPA filter, says Schachter.”
Allergies in the Spring are common in the Southeast, and we want to help you reduce your allergy symptoms this season. At Carter Heating and Air, we recommend having your annual HVAC maintenance performed now, prior to the start of the long summer season, to prepare for higher humidity levels and greater dust mite control. Contact us to schedule your annual maintenance, AC system repair or air conditioner installation: 919-924-0177.
(Source: Having a Bad Air Day? Improve your Indoor Air Quality, webmd.com, 2015)