When summer temperatures soar in Corpus Christi, Texas, people with asthma may find their symptoms acting up. Heat and humidity may breed allergens and trigger asthma symptoms, but you can reduce these issues by making sure that your indoor air is clean. Be mindful of the three following ways that heat and humidity can aggravate symptoms.
Heat has been shown to increase elemental carbon in the air, which is a pollutant that affects asthma sufferers. It is no surprise, then, that doctor visits for asthma tend to increase when temperatures soar over 86 degrees. In fact, studies have shown that pediatric asthma emergency room visits increase drastically when summer temperatures cause the carbon levels to increase.
Maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature helps to reduce symptoms. In addition to running your air conditioner, you can further reduce airborne pollutants by keeping houseplants in your home.
When high temperatures combine with excess moisture, it creates the perfect growing environment for mold. Several mold species have been found to exacerbate asthma symptoms, and studies suggest that exposure to damp buildings can worsen symptoms and lead to flare-ups. Mold itself is dangerous not only for asthma sufferers but for everyone, which is why it is crucial to keep indoor humidity levels in check.
Consider investing in a portable or whole-home dehumidifier to maintain acceptable humidity levels.
Humidity can also create ideal conditions for the development one of the most common allergens associated with asthma triggers: dust mites. These nasty critters multiply in warm, humid environments and live in carpets, curtains, bedding, mattresses, and furniture. Breathing them in may cause sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, and nasal passage inflammation. Using your air conditioner, a dehumidifier, or an air purifier will keep dust mites in check. You should also wash all fabrics in hot water and dust your home regularly.
Contact Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning Co. at (888) 481-8511 to learn more about our indoor air quality services and products. We will help your family to breathe easier.
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