During hot, muggy weather, nothing is more refreshing than relaxing in an air-conditioned home with a cool drink. Here in Florida, we definitely love our AC systems, and just like our cars and our homes, they require quite a bit of upkeep. Occasional repairs and regular maintenance are the norm, plus investments like dehumidifiers to maintain low humidity. Another obstacle in the quest for home comfort is the affect your air conditioning has on your sinuses.
How Does Air Conditioning Affect Sinuses?
The truth is: AC units can unfortunately cause sinus problems. From running noses to sniffling and sneezing, outdoor allergies or the common cold aren’t the only causes of these symptoms. Luckily, sinus problems caused by air conditioners are usually pretty minor.
However, without the proper care, these sinus problems or allergies may unnecessarily last for many years to come. In order to find the best plan of action to your sinus issues, it’s important to first find the source: once you understand the cause of your runny nose or watering eyes, you can plan for a solution. Do consider that problems vary person to person. Some individuals have extreme sinus problems while others might not have any at all. Keep that in mind as we cover the most common causes of indoor sinus issues.
Dry air is one of the leading causes of sinus problems worldwide. When we breathe in dry air, our mucus and saliva can’t do their jobs properly. Our bodies were designed to function at a certain moisture level, and once these levels are low, your sinuses might start to flare up. When our mucus isn’t flowing properly throughout our bodies, we may experience a stuffy nose, congestion, sinus pain, or headaches.
While the majority of us dislike high humidity, extremely low humidity can be just as bad. So while our air conditioners are designed to take humidity out of the air, sometimes they do the job too well. To help fix the dilemma, installing a humidifier to add moisture to the air is a great solution. Not only will you be more comfortable, you can experience healthier skin and fewer sinus problems.
Just like dry air, cold air can also have a negative effect on our sinuses. Think of it this way: when you walk outside on a cool winter day, you might get a runny nose or sinus congestion. Our indoor climate works the same way. As the air cools, our bodies aren’t fully ready for the change. Similar to how most people get sick during the winter months, our bodies are more prone to sickness when we’re cold indoors too.
Cold air triggers nervous system reflexes found in the nose that causes the buildup of mucus. It’s common for these symptoms to last temporarily because once our bodies acclimate to the changing weather, our sinus system should catch up quickly and adjust appropriately. If the cold indoor air is starting to really affect your sinuses, try turning up the temperature. Sometimes even a few degrees can make a huge difference.
Floating Air Particles
We now know cold or dry air can lead to sinus problems, both other issues can take an even greater toll of our sinuses and overall health. One important factor to consider is the particles floating around in the air itself. These include mold spores, dust, pollen, pollutants, and others. As air is constantly circulated throughout your home, these particles can get trapped in your system.
Your filter does it’s best to clean out the air, but contaminants still make their way through. If you’re constantly battling with sinus problems, these air particles could be the culprit, and if you have allergies, these particles can affect you even more, with mold spores as a particularly bad offender.
The easiest way to remedy the situation is to frequently change out your air filters. Especially if someone in the home has allergies and the size of your family, these filters should be replaced every month. Properly cleaning and maintaining your system, including the air ducts, is also an excellent way to limit harmful air particles in your home. For reliable maintenance service, reach out to a professional cooling service company. The most aggressive way to fight particulates is to invest in an air purification system.
East Coast Mechanical Can Improve Your Indoor Air
Are you battling with bad allergies or other sinus problems but you’re not sure where they are coming from? If so, your air conditioning could be the cause. Even a slightly dirty filter can affect those with bad allergies. For expert advice on improving indoor air quality, East Coast Mechanical is here to help!
Since we first opened our doors in 1985, we’ve done nothing but create outstanding indoor environments in Boynton Beach, FL and the surrounding areas. We’re the local air conditioning experts so we’re always ready to solve your home comfort problems. Contact us today for more information!