The Australian summer can be super hot. If you live in Australia, you will want to make sure you can stay cool during the intense heat. I came to realise how important HVAC systems are when I moved into an apartment which didn't have HVAC. It was OK in the winter, but by the summer, it was terrible. I called in an HVAC contractor and asked them to install a new system. It was amazing what a difference it made. The contractor also gave me some advice about how to maintain the system. I hope this blog is useful to you.
If your asthma has suddenly started flaring up when you're in the house, then you'll have tried to work out what is triggering it. If you haven't changed anything obvious at home, then you may not know what's going on.
If you run an air conditioning unit, then it's worth checking if this is the cause of the problem. Even if your unit has never given you any asthma problems before, systems can affect asthma sufferers. How can you tell if your air conditioning is the trigger?
Do Your Units Look Dusty?
Take a look at the vents on all your air conditioning units. These vents should be clear of dust and dirt. If they look dusty or if you can see clumps of dust further inside the unit, then this may be making your asthma play up.
If your air conditioning has dust in or close to its vents, then it releases this dust into the environment when it is running. If dust is one of your asthma triggers, then this could be the cause of your problems.
Does Your Air Conditioning Smell?
If you've noticed that your air conditioning smells a bit musty or just not quite right when it's turned on, then you may have mould or bacterial growth inside one or more of your units.
If air conditioning systems aren't kept clean or if their filters aren't checked regularly, then mould and other bacteria can grow inside them. These substances release spores into the air when the system is turned on.
Airborne mould and bacteria are common asthma triggers. If you have asthma, then they could affect your breathing enough for you to have to use your inhaler more regularly. If things get really bad, then you may have full-blown asthma attacks.
Can You Fix Your Air Conditioning?
Check your system's manual for cleaning instructions. If you can open up units to clean them out or check and change filters, then this is worth doing.
However, this may only give you a quick fix. If dust or mould have got into the interior parts of a unit, then you may not be able to see them or reach them to get them out.
If your air conditioning hasn't been serviced for a while and you think it's affecting your asthma, then call out an HVAC contractor. They can perform air conditioning servicing on the unit and deal with any dust or mould problems they find inside it.Share
15 November 2018