3 Ways Having an HVAC Unit May Help with Allergies and Asthma
If you’re the type that sniffles and sneezers during the warmer months (or perhaps even year-round) you may find yourself staying inside to avoid potential allergens and other triggers. You might have noticed that some rooms or buildings provide more protection from irritation than others. The common factor may be an HVAC system.
HVAC stands for “Heating, Ventilation and Airconditioning”. These units can serve either an entire building or a single room depending on the model. A key factor here is the “ventilation” part.
An HVAC system works by sucking in air and then reintroducing it back into a room either warmer or colder depending on your needs. During this process impurities like dust and pollen are removed. By maintaining clean HVAC air filter housing and vents, HVAC systems can create a safer space for sensitive respiratory systems. If you feel the standard option isn’t enough, there are special filters available that can add efficiency to this function, resulting in higher air purity.
During this process, moisture is removed from the air as well. This can create an environment where it is easier or more relaxing to breathe, as heavy moisture can aggravate asthma and keep allergens suspended in the air for longer.
An added benefit of creating a dryer atmosphere is a reduced risk of mold growth. Mold spores can have the same effect as pollen when inhaled by sensitive individuals, and HVAC systems can be a helpful step in eliminating the risk.
On the more expensive side, you can find air scrubbers that are designed to be installed directly into home HVAC systems.
An air scrubber not only offers extra filtration but can have other features such as UV light treatment meant to annihilate airborne mold, bacteria and viruses rather than give them a new home in your dirty filter.
Installing an HVAC system may be what you need to (literally) breathe easier in your home. You won’t regret the upgrade.