How Can Indoor Air Quality Affect Those With Asthma?

asthmaWheezing, coughing and difficulty breathing are serious conditions that strike when a person is experiencing an asthma attack. While there is little you can do to immediately control the quality of air when you are outside, there are things people can do to make sure that the air they breathe indoors is healthier.

You may be concerned about the home you've been living in for a while now, are preparing to move into a new home or have started a family and are particularly concerned about the possibility of asthma and your children's health. In any case, you are coming to see just how important it is to maintain good indoor air quality.

If you have asthma or someone in your family is suffering from the ailment, you'll want to take steps to improve indoor air quality in your home as soon as possible.

About Asthma

Asthma, a chronic respiratory disease, affects nearly 25 million people in the United States, according to a report at the Environmental Protection Agency. The ailment typically begins in childhood and is characterized by wheezing, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest and abundant coughing.

In the presence of various triggers, such as airborne pollution, the airways become inflamed and grow narrow, causing difficulty breathing. Unfortunately, there is no cure for asthma, but medical professionals can teach patients how to control it with medicine as well as managing environmental triggers

What Steps can Homeowners Take to Keep the Air Cleaner?

If the air in your home isn't as clean as it should be, you can act now to improve the situation:

* Arrange for Regular Duct Cleaning

How long has it been since you've had your HVAC system's ducts cleaned? If you're not sure or if it's been a year or more, make an appointment for service today. Call a heating, ventilation and air conditioning professional to come to your home and take care of this task so you can start breathing easier.

* Install an Air Filtering System

If you don't have an air filter system already in place, it's a good idea to put one in now. It will scrub the air from pollution sources outside as well as remove mold, pet dander, dirt and debris, as well as other airborne contaminants inside.

* Change Air Filters Regularly

Remember to buy new disposable air filters and replace them according to the manufacturer's instructions. If you've installed a filter that doesn't use disposable elements, make sure to clean the equipment periodically or have a professional take care of this.

* Switch to Radiant Heating

Forced air blowing through your home can spread airborne contaminants as well as encourage the growth of dust mites and mold, according to a report at KidsHealth. You may want to consider installing radiant heating in your home to keep everyone cozy and warm without blowing heated air throughout the building.

Do you suffer from asthma or do you have someone in your home who has the ailment? You should know that the professionals at David Gray Heating & Air have been assisting homeowners in the greater Jacksonville, FL area and beyond for many years now with improving their indoor air quality. Whether you need help selecting an air filtering system, require a plan to keep the ducts clean or want to change to a radiant heating solution, we are standing by to help. For details on our air quality improvement services or to schedule an appointment for service, please contact David Gray Heating & Air today.

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