Many people who suffer from seasonal allergies stay indoors during the times of the year (and day) when their allergies are most likely to flare up. But they’re confused when they still suffer from their allergies, even when cooped up indoors. That’s because they might have some severe air pollution indoors, including the type of allergens that run rampant outdoors. In fact, indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor air quality, because these allergens have nowhere else to go, other than into everything you come in contact with from room to room. Allergens find their way into your home thanks to your pets, ventilation system, and even you (on your shoes, on your clothes). Running indoors when your allergies wreak havoc isn’t always going to give you the respite you’re looking for.
One of the solutions many people flock to when they think their indoor air is polluted with allergens is to open up their windows. But that’s not always an ideal choice because:
- If you’re trying to avoid allergens found outside, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense inviting more allergens in with open windows.
- If it’s extremely hot outside, you’ve now added another layer of discomfort into your world. Heat + allergies = a very bad day.
YOUR SEASONAL ALLERGY RELIEF CAN BE FOUND WITH AIR CONDITIONERS
Believe it or not, but your air conditioner is a bit of a wonder invention. It already gives you respite from hot and muggy days, but it can also give you relief from your seasonal allergies. That’s because many pollutants and allergens are water soluble. Air conditioners remove water from the atmosphere (that’s why they keep you cool), which, as a result, removes these pollutants, pollen and particle matter.
Yes, believe it or not, a natural byproduct of the cooling process (removal of water from air) is the removal of allergens from the air you breathe indoors.
ADD EVEN MORE PROTECTION WITH THE RIGHT FILTER
The natural cooling process of a highly efficient air conditioner does provide you a considerable level of relief from allergies. However, anyone who suffers from severe allergies likely doesn’t want to take any chances with their indoor air quality. In these cases we recommend the installation of a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. These filters will make your air conditioner even more effective at protecting you against allergens and pollutants.
THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE AS WELL, UNFORTUNATELY
For all the benefits of an air conditioner in preventing your allergies from flaring up, the inverse can be true as well, when you have an outdated or poorly operational unit. Window units, for example, are far more likely to encourage mold, unlike their central system counterparts. That’s because many of these window units aren’t advanced enough to properly dispel the humidity that’s drawn from your room. In these systems, the humidity is deposited on the cooling coils in the unit. The moisture, plus dust, can encourage mold-growing spores, which can then be redeposited into your home.
The best way to combat this, and seasonal allergies in general, is to work with an air conditioning specialist who can offer you the best solution for your specific needs. Discuss with your cooling expert your concerns about seasonal allergies, so that he can offer you an AC unit that will keep you breathing easy.