Can an HVAC System Trigger Asthma Symptoms?

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Asthmatic individuals suffer a lot due to indoor air quality. (Photo Credits)

HVAC systems is a huge influence in indoor air quality, and for those with Asthma it could mean asthma triggers.

The website Allergy Clean shared the findings of a study linking indoor air, the HVAC system and asthma. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

“The results of the analysis supported 5 trends: 1) housing age (quality) and amenities trend with lead poisoning over time; 2) changes in heating and air conditioning systems and prevalence of broken windows and bars on windows trend with the prevalence of asthma.”

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Preventing triggers

Preventing asthma symptoms from getting triggered in relation to HVAC could involve regular maintenance of the HVAC equipment and controlling the humidity level indoors.

The Asthma Initiative of Michigan came up with a comprehensive write-up on asthma triggers that can be encountered indoors. A/C And HVAC

“Use high quality furnace filters in the HVAC system (HEPA or microfiltration systems). Check to be sure that the furnace fan motor has enough horsepower capacity to handle their use (check the owner’s manual or ask a furnace service contractor). HEPA furnace filters trap smaller size particles than conventional filters, and may help to reduce the concentration of particles suspended in air. In addition, air filters should be regularly replaced as suggested by the filter manufacturer, which may vary based on specific activities in the home (wood working, pets, etc).”

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Science Daily also shared ways to ensure a healthier indoor air through HVAC Systems.

“To improve indoor air quality, Garrett lists several construction practices that, when done right, can make a significant difference. These include installing tight ductwork, achieving airtight construction, using a correctly sized HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system and making sure there is fresh air ventilation. Proper ventilation involves introducing air from a known source and then filtering, dehumidifying and pre-cooling or heating it.”

The original article can be found here.

To help in ensuring healthy indoor air, a home’s HVAC system should be professionally maintained on a regular basis.

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