Asthma is a chronic illness, and an asthma attack can cause coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. Your Hoover, Alabama, home’s air could contain asthma triggers such as dust, dust mites, pet dander, and pollen. Fortunately, your air conditioning system can help you manage your asthma symptoms by controlling the humidity, providing ventilation, and removing contaminants.

Controlling Humidity

If the air in your home is too humid or too dry, you could have an asthma attack. Moist air in summer often encourages biological growth, and it can feel hot and sticky. Dry air can cause nosebleeds and sore throats as well as asthma attacks. Your air conditioner dehumidifies and cools the air in your home at the same time to give you some relief from the muggy Alabama weather. You can also use a humidifier in winter, if needed.

Providing Ventilation

Most modern homes have ample insulation for optimal energy efficiency. Since air doesn’t circulate through gaps or leaks, an HVAC system is essential to remove stale indoor air. You can also add exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms to eliminate unpleasant smells and excess moisture.

Removing Contaminants

Your air conditioner’s filter can catch many asthma triggers before they reach your indoor air. You should change your filter once a month to keep air circulating easily. Have a professional clean your ductwork every few years to get rid of cobwebs, pests, dirt, dust, and biological growth. A professional should seal any leaks in your ductwork or insulation to keep contaminants away. You can also use an air purifier with a separate air filter to supplement your system. Some of these devices can catch bacteria and viruses to prevent colds and other illnesses.

Total Comfort Heating & Air has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. We can help you make sure your air conditioner is in peak condition. That way, you can keep yourself and your family comfortable and prevent asthma attacks. Call us anytime at 205-259-5164 for honest, outstanding work.

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