How Air Conditioning Helps Fight Asthma & Allergies

blogAll things considered, there are worse places to live if you suffer from allergies or asthma.  That’s the good news.  On the flip side of that coin, Dallas ranks 39th on the list of America’s “most challenging places to live with asthma.”

The following are the leading causes of asthma, and the worst conditions to be exposed to if you already have the disease:

  • indoor allergens, including dust, dust mites, and pet dander
  • outdoor allergens such as pollen and grass
  • tobacco smoke
  • bacteria and germs
  • chemical and new construction by-products irritants in the workplace
  • air pollution

And where is indoor pollution the greatest?  Inside your home. In fact, the EPA maintains that, on average, the air you breather inside your home is twice as polluted as outdoor air.

What’s an allergy or asthma sufferer to do? If you don’t already have a central air conditioning system, you’ll want to look into obtaining one.  And if you already have one, it’s important to keep it as clean as possible with annual preventative maintenance and regular filter cleaning or replacement.

You see, besides helping you stay nice and cool inside your own home, central air conditioning also offers several health-related benefits, including these:

  • Reduced Stress – Excessively hot indoor temperatures also have a way of causing your blood pressure and stress levels to rise, and there’s no relaxation in that.
  • Helps Prevent Illness – With increased stress, your body’s immune system weakens over time, and that makes you more vulnerable to illness and infection.
  • Helps Fight Depression – Heat often leads to lethargy, boredom and loss of interest; these symptoms are closely related to depression.
  • You’ll Sleep Better – Sleep is a crucial part of our lives and trying to get any sleep when it’s warm and humid is nearly impossible.
  • Breathe Cleaner Air – An air conditioning system in combination with an air filter helps rid your home of germs, pesticides, mold, mildew, dust, dust mites, and many other indoor air pollutants.

If you have central air, run it often, and yet still have family members who suffer from asthma or allergies, then you also should consider acquiring a whole-house air filtration system.  There are several different types available, and Optimum Air would be happy to explain the relative advantages of each.  It all starts with a free in-home consultation and needs analysis and, working together, rest assured we’ll come up with exactly the right solution for your family and budget.  Why not call us today, and then start looking forward to feeling better.

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