Options in Allergy Friendly Air Conditioning
Last Updated Dec 19, 2011 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
It’s normal to run the air conditioning when the mercury rises, right? But what if the air conditioning actually causes your allergies to go into overdrive? The good news is that you can run the air conditioner without aggravating your allergies thanks to the more allergy friendly air conditioning options. Here’s what you need to know. For more information or advice, simply have a chat with your local air conditioning professional.
Look at the Air Conditioner’s Filters
One of the best ways to ensure that your air conditioning is kind to your allergies is to pay particular attention to the types of filters that it has when you are going through the research and purchasing process. After all, if you have allergies, the better the filter in the air conditioner, the fewer particles will remain the air to aggravate them!
Look for air conditioners that contain HEPA grade air filters, air purifying filters, mould proof filters, and photocatalytic filters. These types of filters will help to effectively remove allergens from the air and stop nasties from growing within the filter itself.
Clean or Replace the Filters Regularly
Of course, it doesn’t matter how good the air conditioner’s filters are if they are never cleaned or replaced! All filters need to be cleaned regularly (at least monthly) or replaced as directed in the user manual in order for the air to remain fresh and clean. If you suffer from severe allergies, you may need to clean the filter even more often.
Look for a Sterilising Function in Your Air Conditioner
As well as excellent filtration, some air conditioners will actually include a sterilising function at the end of the filtration process. The air is usually sterilised by an ultraviolet radiation steriliser, killing off any nasties that weren’t already removed in the filtration process, and ensuring that your air is as clean and hygienic as it can possibly be.
Use Refrigerated Air Conditioning System
If any members of your family suffer from allergies, the best option is to use a refrigerated air conditioning system, whether that’s a portable, in wall or in window, split system or ducted unit. Refrigerated air conditioning systems keep the air cool and dry, reducing the humidity inside the home to below 50 percent. This makes the indoor environment much less hospitable to dust mites and mould spores. What does this mean? Simply, fewer dust mites and less mould! That equates to a healthier home where your allergies won’t act up.