With the Australian summer fast approaching, the 1 in 5 Australians who suffer from allergies will be gearing up for another season of sneezes, sniffles and sinus pain. As well as the humidity and heat, office goers, factory workers, and housewives and husbands alike will become heavily reliant on their air conditioners to keep them cool. Many Australians will also be staying indoors to avoid the heavy concentration of pollen allergens that is so prevalent from October to March.
That's why it is so important that you keep your air conditioner in tip top condition. A well-maintained air-conditioner can actually help you to escape the worst of those summertime allergy flare ups.
Air Conditioners Filter out Allergens
When your air conditioner filters are cleaned regularly, they trap airborne allergens and stop them from making their way into your home or office. This means that allergy sufferers can actually benefit from working in air-conditioned offices or buildings. In contrast, working in an office that relies on open windows to stay cool will allow pollutants and pollen to enter the building, setting off your allergies.
Your air conditioners can be made even more efficient if you replace the current filters with HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters. These are the most efficient filters available to you and while costly, are perfect for keeping an office full of hay fever sufferers happy.
Lower Humidity Means Less Allergens
Air conditioners, especially the modern ones, are designed to remove water particles from the air. This not only reduces the humidity in a room, but it also keeps water dependant allergens such as mold, mildew, and bacteria from forming. These types of allergens can get into your lungs, triggering hay fever and even worse--asthma attacks.
Outdated and Poorly Maintained Units Don't Help
You and your staff will barely benefit from an air conditioning unit if the filters are rarely changed. Rather than filter out dust, the dust-clogged filters will spew forth a stream of allergens into a room, setting off sneezes and itching eyes in all directions.
The same applies to outdated air conditioners. If your air conditioning system is over 10 years old, you should seriously consider replacing it with a more modern system. Outdated air conditioners are far less effective at reducing humidity than their newer and more advanced counterparts.
Summer is coming. Are you ready for the heat and the rise in airborne allergens? Do yourself and your staff a huge favour and either hire a service to repair and upgrade your air conditioners, or replace your air conditioners with something more advanced.