Many people have asthma, and poor indoor air quality can trigger a flare-up of asthma or even an asthma attack. Indoor air is often more polluted than the outdoor air, and people with asthma may suffer from it. Here are the top three HVAC tasks you can do in your Greencastle, PA, home to alleviate asthma symptoms.
Install Whole-house Humidifier and Dehumidifier
For some people, the dry, cold air of Greencastle’s winters trigger chest tightness and other asthma symptoms. If your home has electric heat, the humidity can drop to 20 percent or less. Using a whole-house humidifier in the winter allows you to increase it to a more comfortable humidity level of around 40 percent. Greencastle’s humid summers encourage biological growth to proliferate in your home. Biological growth is a common asthma trigger. Using a dehumidifier in the summertime discourages growth, according to Asthma Initiative of Michigan.
Replace Dirty Air Filters
Air filters capture dander, pollen, dust, and odors. Make sure your home’s HVAC has an air filter that has a minimum efficiency reported value (MERV) rating of at least 13, recommends the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Check the filter every 30 days, and replace it if it’s dirty. At a minimum, replace the filter at least every 90 days.
Clean Air Ducts and Vents
Particles not caught by the air filter end up in your home’s ducts and vents. Each time the cooling or heating system cycles, some of those particles are blown into your living space. Consider having your air ducts cleaned every three years. Clean the vent openings by vacuuming them once per week and wiping off sticky residue that captures dust. If your ducts are loose or have gaps, have them sealed. This reduces dust and pest intrusion and will increase your home’s air quality.
For more information about how better indoor air quality can lessen your asthma symptoms, check out Leckron’s Comfort Solutions indoor air quality services, or contact us for additional details.