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How Maintaining Your AC Unit Can Reduce Allergens
Updated: Jan 14, 2022
As we arrive winter season, temperatures are lower, and the cold begins to show itself. During these days, the air becomes drier, facilitating the proliferation of respiratory viruses in the environment, especially those closed. But did you know that in the fall the air conditioning can be your ally in fighting respiratory allergies?
In the autumn and winter period it is common for symptoms like the flu or Coronavirus to appear. However, these are often the first respiratory allergy attacks that you may experience. The symptoms are usually sneezing, runny nose, nasal obstruction, itchy nose, ear, throat, cough, and shortness of breath.
Even more important in this context is the air conditioning of closed environments, which facilitate the circulation of viruses that cause respiratory diseases. For this reason, air conditioning at home or at work can bring several benefits to your health.
What are the most common respiratory allergies in the fall?
Directly related to air quality and purity, respiratory allergies are reactions to dust, fungi, and viruses that we are exposed to and the most common diseases in the fall and winter are rhinitis and asthma.
The dry and cold air in the respiratory tracts causes irritation and, when it comes to allergies, the airways become inflamed, generating flu-like symptoms. According to AAFA (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America), it is estimated that 1 in every 13 people suffer from Asthma in the US and between 10 to 30% of the American population has allergies.
Here at Butler’s we recommend some very simple precautions, including some that are similar to those adopted in the Coronavirus pandemic:
- Maintain the cleanliness of the environment, as it helps in the removal of dust mites.
- Avoid crowding in closed places.
- Immunize yourself with vaccines or preventive treatment with antiallergic drugs.
Why Use Air-Conditioning in the Station?
With constant technological advancement, many air conditioners can clean impurities from the air. For example, some combat the spread of bacteria, fungi, and viruses in the environments where the equipment is installed. You know those dust mites that cause respiratory allergies? The air conditioner can be your ally to prevent them from spreading to pillows, blankets, and mattresses.
If you have any respiratory allergies, you should know that air-conditioning is superior to a fan. This is because it has the functions of filtering the air, stabilizing the temperature, and reducing the humidity of the environment. It can even dry out the air, however, the solution is simple and involves the use of an air humidifier.
Cleaning and preventive maintenance of the device are essential
There, you know the positive points of air-conditioning for people with respiratory allergies. But for it to fulfill those functions, you need to keep the cleaning and maintenance up to date, because this is the only way you can enjoy the benefits of the equipment.
Because of this, it is mandatory to periodically sanitize the equipment once every six months, which may vary, depending on the use. Pay attention to the cleaning of the fins and follow the manufacturer's recommendations for the care of the internal components.
And when you decide to do the cleaning and preventive maintenance of your air-conditioner, CALL Butler’s! The company serves Wilmington, Fayetteville and Whiteville, NC and has trained and skilled professionals who will provide a high quality service.
Contact us NOW and ensure the proper functioning of your air conditioner for this winter, when respiratory allergies are more common.