Can Your AC Spread Allergens?

Woman with allergies

Summertime is high time for allergies, especially weed, grass, and pest-related allergies. Northern Georgia’s local environment can take a toll on many of the locals during the summer, even when they’re indoors. That’s because the allergens, or particles that can cause symptoms such as watery eyes or even hives, can become airborne and be inhaled. When this happens, get ready for allergy symptoms. Did you know that residential AC repair in Gainesville, GA, can actually help you stay healthy? AC systems actually have the ability to spread allergens and can make your symptoms worse. Here’s how your air conditioner may be making you sick.

Cycling Air

There are two ways that your AC system receives the air it needs to cycle it through the heat transfer process and blow it through your vents: from outdoors and from indoors. If you have an outdoor AC unit, particles from outdoor air can float directly into the unit. If you have allergens indoors, these particles are sucked through the return air vent that cycles back to your air conditioner. Over time, allergens build up, are introduced, and continuously cycle through your home and AC system. Eventually, what comes out of your air vents is just more and more allergen-infested air that can make you feel sick.

What kinds of allergens can end up in your AC system? Pet dander, mold spores, cigarette smoke, dust, dust mites, dirt, cleaning product fumes, pollen, and particles from allergy-causing plants such as weeds and grass. It’s easier for allergens to get into your system; getting them out is a careful process. But if you haven’t had your AC system professionally maintained in over a year, that’s many months of allergen buildup that’s continuing to plague your air.

Related Issues

Dirty air doesn’t just cause allergies, either. It can trigger people with other respiratory issues, including asthma and bronchitis. And depending on a person’s specific allergic reactions, breathing in all that dirty, allergen-infested air can be severe.

Dirty particles can affect your AC system too. If you have a central AC system, the buildup of allergens in the air means that all of these particles are cycling through your filter, air conditioner, and vents. Your filters can become clogged with dirt, dander, dust, and more. And when these particles reach your AC system, layers of buildup can form on condenser coils and other vital components. When this happens, heat transfer may be interrupted, and you may have trouble getting cool indoor air at all. This leaves you with a system that triggers your allergies but doesn’t actually keep you cool.

What to Do

Don’t worry; the solution isn’t to try to live without air-conditioning. That would be unnecessary, not to mention uncomfortable. Just call a residential air-conditioning repair service. AC repair specialists don’t just repair and replace broken systems. They can also do other essential services to keep your air clean and healthy, including cleaning and replacing filters, keeping your thermostat clean and accurate, testing indoor air quality, and performing precise interior AC unit cleanings. All of this work removes allergy-causing particles from your AC system and puts a stop to the process of cycling and recycling dirty air. If you feel your air is making you ill, you can even call emergency AC repair for fast and effective intervention.

If you’re wondering who to call to keep your indoor air clean and healthy, look to Gainesville Mechanical. Our team of AC specialists can provide thorough air-conditioning system cleanings, as well as other related repair and maintenance tasks. We serve Northern Georgia homes with plenty of experience and skill. Even better, we provide emergency air-conditioning repair when necessary. If you’re concerned with residential indoor air quality in Gainesville, GA, call Gainesville Mechanical today.

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