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A/C and Your Family’s Health

April 25, 2019 |

Life would be unimaginable without air conditioning. Especially on the days when temperatures climb to the triple-digits. What you may not realize is that your air conditioning does more than just keep you cool. It has an effect on your family’s overall health, like preventing symptoms of allergies, cleaning your home’s air, controlling the relative humidity of your home, and preventing illnesses like colds.

In Texas, we’re no strangers to bad allergies, especially in the spring. Airborne microbes like pollen, dust, and mold can live in your home, making your allergies worse. An air conditioner with a good filter can vastly change your air quality by pulling those harmful particles out of the air. With a good filter, you’ll also be trapping and clearing out airborne viruses. This can make it easier to recover from a cold or the flu.

High humidity can also spread illnesses by growing things like bacteria, mold, and fungus. Every house has natural humidity from each shower we take, to each meal we cook, to each dish we wash. If you don’t control the humidity, mold can grow, become airborne, and grow inside your house.

Mold grows when it is fed dust from your air, which is another reason you need a good filter that you replace often. You can easily have mold and not know it. It can hide inside of your AC or in crevices and corners of your home. Excess mold in your home can trigger asthma or respiratory issues. Some houses may need a dehumidifier in addition to an AC unit. Just talk to your All Year technician about your options.

To control humidity, you want your house at or below 60% RH (relative humidity). 50% is even better, but anything below 60% will kill dust-mites and control mold. When you kill dust mites, they will still be in the air, so you have to have a good filtration system to filter them out of the air.  You can use UV lights to help control biological growth on wet areas of your AC.

Inside your home, you should watch for biological growth coming out of your vents. Go take a look at your vents. If there are streaks of dirt organized in a pattern coming out of the edge of the air vent, it’s a sign that something is wrong with your A/C or there is a problem with your house that A/C can help alleviate. This usually means that either your house is too humid or your vent is getting too cold. If you see this, give us a call as this could be contributing to health problems inside your home.

The best way to make sure the air inside your home is clean and at a good humidity level is regular maintenance. Call us today to make sure your family stays happy and healthy this summer!

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