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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Is Air Conditioning Good For Asthma?

Clean air is by far one of the most important health concerns for everyone. However, in case you have been diagnosed with asthma then quality indoor air coupled with slightly less polluted outdoor air stands to make all the difference in the world. Just so you know, smoke, dust from the road, car exhaust and factory emissions are just some of the common hazards to the quality of outdoor air. Tobacco smoke, molds, cockroaches, pet dander, dust mites and household chemicals on the other hand are some of the common hazards of quality indoor air to be on the lookout for.




Even though asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to control the condition. We spend most of our time within closed doors (at home as well as at work). Taking this into consideration, increasing the intake of clean air is by far one of the best ways to control asthma. The installation and use of Air conditioning Units is by far one of the best ways to ensure you always take in quality air while indoors bearing in mind the fact that: Reports indicate that at the moment, there is a significant increase in the number of people suffering from asthma (a good number of which are children).

Simply put, sometimes the immediate environment can get extremely hot especially in the absence of an Air conditioning unit. This being the case, it is strongly advised that you install and A/C unit since apart from simply helping make the body feel more comfortable, it also significantly assist in making breathing easier. Keep in mind, breathing with relative ease is crucial for you and anybody else diagnosed with asthma.

An overview of the link between Air Conditioning and Asthma
Asthma is a condition triggered as result of continuous exposure to pollen, mold and animal dander materials. Unfortunately, for most of us, the intake of these particles is way beyond our control and unavoidable. Good news is, Air conditioning Units are designed with sophisticated filters with the capacity to significantly reduce the intake of these harmful particles to a minimum. In fact, air conditioning has also been found to significantly help get rid of humidity (which usually favors the growth of molds and algae unlike in dry air).

What air conditioners do is that they:
i. Pull in air from the room in question into the conditioning unit
ii. Forces the air through filters, compressors, blowers, condensers, coolers and evaporators
iii. Finally releases it back into the room at the temperature of your choosing.
This cycle is repeated not only within your immediate environment, but also within the lungs after breathing in the air. Take note, in case the air feels impure then chances are the conditioning unit is faulty. As a result, you are left most vulnerable to an asthma attack.

Significance of proper Upkeep of Air Conditioning units and its relevance to Asthma
The best way to ensure that your Air conditioning unit is fully efficient is to make sure that it is serviced at least once a year by an experienced and professional A/C contractor. During the servicing of you're A/C unit however, it is important to stress on the thorough inspection of the unit as a whole.

This should include:
i. A thorough check aimed at making sure all mechanical aspects of the unit are fully operational.
ii. A spot check on the level of the unit’s coolant in a bid to make sure that it is pure and at the right level.
iii. A thorough check to establish whether there are any molds or other particles which may have grown or piled up within the units overtime consequently cleaning or replacing the unit
iv. A close examination of the blower
v. Filter replacement

Apart from simply hiring a professional to come and service the system on an annual basis, try as much as possible to make sure that all of the above mentioned inspection issues are carry out as frequently as possible. Doing so is very important because it will help make sure that the air your breath in is clean.

Being active in all the maintenance aspects of your air conditioner is very important because it saves you from the vulnerability of suffering from a major heart attack. What's more, the fact that you will be breathing quality air will not only give you peace of mind but also make you feel more comfortable.

Keeping up good indoor air quality in your home has proven to be an important aspect of asthma management. Below is an overview of some of the top tips to help you maintain air quality in your home.

They include:-
i. Never allowing people to smoke in your home, ruling out wood fires. In case any of these is unavoidable try as much as possible to make sure that they take place as far away from the house as possible.
ii. Refrain from the use of scented products
iii. Ensure that all kinds of gas appliances directly vent to the outdoor
iv. Run the air conditioning unit especially after receiving pollution warnings.
In addition to all of the above, when purchasing a home, consider buying a home with a baseboard or better yet a radiant heating system. Also clean all air ducts within the house as well as filters of the conditioning unit on a daily basis. Taking into serious consideration all of the above measures serves as a guarantee for quality air within your home which in turn will rule out the possibility or likely hood of your or any other person that you care for suffering from asthma.

Bottom Line
In spite of all of the above, it is equally worth noting that, breathing in cold air most of the time may also result into serious loss of heat from the airways. Keep in mind; airway cooling and the significant loss of moisture are by far some of the main triggers of exercise – induced asthma. Keep in mind; you can also fight for healthier air, support research on asthma as well as people suffering from this condition by becoming an advocate. And so to answer the question, is air conditioning good for asthma, yes! It is since the benefits of taking in clean air overshadow breathing in unconditioned air.