Reduce allergies with a clean air conditioner

Do you or anyone in your family suffer from hayfever? Got the sneezes, a running nose or an irritating dry cough? It could be that your air conditioner is to blame for your health problems.

Dirty filters or mould growth on your air conditioner coil and in the drain pan can cause respiratory issues such as allergies and asthma. When the aircon is running all day in your home it can remove large amounts of water from the air, sometimes up to 120 litres on humid days, it also filters through around 117 kilos of outside air.

If the drain pan is not effectively removing the water from inside the unit you end up with a warm, damp environment which is the perfect place for mould to grow and flourish to the detriment of your family’s health. On top of that, if your filters are dirty and clogged with dust, the air coming into the room through the air con is not being filtered and is collecting mould spores on the way through.

Air conditioner filter clean
Clean air conditioner filters regularly

The mould growth releases mould spores which become airborne causing them to be inhaled through the nose and mouth and triggering the body’s immune system, sometimes causing an allergic reaction such as itchy eyes, runny nose, dry throat and sneezing. In adults and children with asthma, these spores can trigger an asthma attack.

To ensure your air conditioner condenser coils and drain pan gets a thorough clean every year, as well as a monthly air filter, cleans to avoid issues such as allergic reactions caused by mould spores like hay fever and asthma.

Other ways to keep your home’s air clean

Regular air conditioner cleaning will ensure mould does not build up inside your aircon but what else can you do if you or your family are sensitive to airborne allergens?

One way to keep the air fresh inside your home is to use an air purifier. The air purifier will remove pollutants, dust, pollen, smoke, pet hair, bacteria, mould spores and bad odours from the air.

Daikin’s air purifier uses a 6 layer powerful decomposition and removal system to remove airborne allergens. These appliances are ideal for use during the nighttime to provide clean air so your family can sleep easy.

Another way to reduce the mould in your home is by addressing any leaks, even very small, or water build-up promptly. A leaking pipe or tap can quickly lead to damp areas in your cabinets or flooring causing mould to grow. Also, check the roof after rain and repair any areas which are found to leak before they become issues.

Ventilation is very important in keeping your home mould allergen-free. Ensure your bathrooms and kitchen have effective exhaust fan systems and that they feed to the outside of your house rather than the ceiling cavity or just recirculating as some range hoods do. Open windows where ever possible and let the moist air escape naturally. Hang up damp or wet towels, clothes, shower curtains and bathmats.

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