In a simple word, yes. When it’s hot and humid outside, like it can be in the Schaumburg area in the Summer and into Fall, people spend more time indoors. Without a lot of fresh air circulating, there can be a buildup of bacteria, pet dander, dust, mites, mold and mildew. That dirty air then gets circulated over and over again in your home, and the concentrations can build up to a point where they can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms.
If you are experiencing any allergy or asthma symtoms in your home during “Air conditioner season”, you should definitely take action right away. With new research showing that use of common steroid medications for asthma can cause long term effects on the brain, keeping your environment healthy and reducing asthma triggers will help reduce the use of medications and keep you healthy- now and in the future!
Whether you have a standard central air conditioning system or one of the state of the art Dakin heat pump systems, making sure your filters are changed regularly will help your system work more efficiently and remove many of the allergens from the air, reducing the likelihood that allergies or asthma attacks will occur.
We love heat pumps- they deliver fantastic comfort, no matter what Mother Nature is dishing up outside. But just like your car, your HVAC system requires regular maintenance as well. Because the inside of your heat pump and outdoor condenser unit remove moisture from the air, they are often damp and dark places. This is a great breeding ground for mold and mildew. Having your systems cleaned regularly by the experts here at Compass will reduce the risks of mold and help increase the quality of the air within your home year-round.
Keeping the humidity in your home at the right level is important as well. Have you ever gotten up from a wooden chair and had to peel yourself off the chair? Do wood tables and other surfaces in your home feel sticky from time to time -Without the help of a toddler? That’s a sign of high humidity in your home.
If you run the fan on your air conditioning, without having the cooling feature on, you’ll increase air circulation, but you can also be increasing the moisture level in the air. Humidity levels between 30-50% are ideal.
Humidity tends to be higher in the sumer, and lower in the winter, and extremes in either direction can make for cranky family members.
In general, higher humidity helps a room feel warmer than it is. That means feeling sticky and less able to regulate your own comfort with high humidity, and low humidity will dry out your eyes, nose and skin.
Too much humidity makes your home attractive for mold, mildew, fungus and bacteria- and these are horrible for people with asthma. High humidity can do real damage to your home, and promote wood rot as well.
Too little humidity can cause joints to open in flooring and shrink the wood in your home; Dry, cool air can trigger coughing, wheezing and other breathing difficulties.
Making sure your HVAC system is regularly serviced by professional like the trained technicians here at Compass Heating and Air will help ensure that your Schaumburg home can maintain a proper level of humidity, and save your home- and health- from unexpected complications.
We believe that regular service for your system is the best solution. Making sure that your system is cleaned at least once a year is crucial to its efficiency, how long it will last, and the quality of the air it produces. We recommend signing up for a service plan to make sure you are getting the best value for your money when it comes to service, and it also ensures that you will have service regularly.
At Compass Heating and Air, we can ensure that your HVAC system is cleaned regularly, functions well, and will help reduce allergens in the air which can aggravate allergies and asthma all year long. Be sure to give us a call at (630) 504-8688 and get a professional service scheduled today!