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Air conditioners can help filter your home’s air and control humidity, and both of these things are important in the allergy world. It’s estimated there are now 50 million seasonal allergy sufferers in America. Properly maintaining your HVAC system is the difference between your air conditioner helping with those allergies and it aggravating them. Trouth Air Conditioning specializes in air conditioners. Contact us with any questions you may have.

How Your Air Conditioner Helps

Whether you suffer from seasonal allergies or year-long allergens like pet dander or dust, your air conditioning can help you breathe easier. The air conditioner filters out irritant air particles and your indoor air quality is improved. These particles get stopped by the filter and aren’t allowed to continue through the system to make their way to your lungs.

Indoor air quality is also improved when your home’s humidity is being controlled. Higher levels of humidity breed additional allergens like bacteria, mold, and mildew. Your air conditioning works hard to balance your home’s humidity, thereby reducing the instances of these allergens and irritants.

When It Doesn’t

Your air conditioner can help in these instances, except when it’s not maintained properly. When the maintenance on your HVAC system is neglected, your indoor air quality is worse. Thus, your allergies may get worse.

If your filter continues to trap the particles flowing through the system and isn’t changed, those particles build up. With nowhere to go, they will blow back into your home.

The same applies to the other allergens resulting from higher humidity or dampness. If the humidity builds, or if there are leaks somewhere in the system, a damp environment now exists. Mold and bacteria have free rein to flow through your home’s air, adding to the allergens you’re breathing.

What You Can Do

To keep your air conditioning helping your allergies, take these steps:

Have your air conditioner cleaned and maintained regularly, at least once a year

Change or clean your air filters regularly

Clean any debris or dust around both your outdoor and indoor air conditioner units

Dust all indoor registers and returns on a regular basis

Inspect your ductwork and HVAC unit (drip pan and drain, evaporator coils, air handler) for signs of leaks, corrosion, or mold

Consider upgrading your air conditioner if over ten years old

Keep doors and windows closed while your air conditioning is running
Consider adding on an air purifier

Here in Sulphur, LA, allergies are a serious concern for many. Keeping your air conditioner properly maintained throughout the year can definitely help with airborne allergies. Call our experts at Trouth Air Conditioning at 337-527-8683 to speak with one of our professionals today to see how we can help you.

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Trouth Air Conditioning provides professional air conditioning, heating, indoor air quality, sheet metal services and more to businesses and residents in Lake Charles, Sulphur, Westlake, Moss Bluff, Bell City, Cameron, DeQuincy, Grand Lake, Hackberry, Iowa, Kinder, Orange, Starks, Vinton, Welsh, and surrounding Louisiana communities. Visit our service area page to learn more about how we can service you. Contact us today at 337-527-8683 or request service online.