Does your child suffer from asthma? With the change of seasons, it’s a good idea to understand the triggers of this respiratory problem. There are many triggers for an asthmatic and it’s important to be familiar with them on behalf of your child.
Asthma causes the sufferer’s airways to swell up, tighten or produce too much mucus. Indoor air is one of the main culprits, triggered via irritants and allergens. The air temperature also makes a big difference. If they’re breathing in cooler air at night in an air-conditioned bedroom, this may cause heat loss in the airways. Moisture loss is another trigger for asthmatics.
Heightened sensitivity in asthma sufferers
We’re spending more and more time indoors. Up to 90% of our time, in fact. This is why it’s essential to maintain healthy indoor environments that reduce exposure to triggers. Young children are more susceptible to these allergens, so it’s important to take precautions. Are they sneezing, coughing or rubbing their eyes? These are signs that your indoor air isn’t clean.
Allergens are materials that cause an immune-type response in sensitive people, like asthmatics. This includes bacteria, pollen, mould and dust particles. You don’t even see these things, but they become airborne and are easily inhaled.
The link between asthma and air conditioning
No matter what type of air conditioning system you use, ongoing care and maintenance is critical. This will achieve adequate air flow, proper filtration, and humidity control – all factors that create a healthy indoor air environment. By having your system checked regularly, you’ll avoid any operating issues that lead to tarnished air. It’s a smart idea to invest in system check-ups every six months, or at the start of each season.
Conduct an air quality assessment at home
If your child is battling asthmatic symptoms, call us to come out and check your air system. Investing in regular maintenance can go a long way towards the health and happiness of asthmatics. Don’t let your air conditioner be a cause of asthma in the home. By keeping it clean and well-maintained, you’ll reduce the risk of little ones being exposed to these triggers.
There are many other things you can do like avoiding the use of aerosol sprays, toxic cleaning products and room deodorisers, while also dusting weekly and removing animal allergens. If you’re looking for advice, talk to our team of indoor air experts.
Feel comfortable and breathe easier in your own home.