Can Air Conditioning Cause Sinus Problems?

July 16, 2020

In the summer in Joliet, IL, running your air conditioner is a necessity rather than a choice. With temperatures above 90 degrees regularly, not running your AC could have serious consequences for your health. But could your air conditioner be negatively affecting your sinuses? Here’s a quick look at some of the health effects that your air conditioner may have and what you can do to avoid them.

Air Conditioners Create Dry Air

Your air conditioner naturally dehumidifies the air in your house. As warm, moist air moves across your cold air conditioner coil, some of the moisture in the air condenses and dehumidifies the indoor atmosphere. This cold, dry air can trigger your sinuses to react in the same way that cold, dry air during the winter does: you get a runny nose. While most people think about humidity control during the winter when the air can get very dry, controlling humidity is also important during the summer to keep you (and your sinuses) as comfortable as possible.

Air Conditioners Can Blow Dust and Debris Through Your House

If your ducts are dirty or your system’s filter is old and clogged, your air conditioner may be triggering your allergies. This can also cause you to have sinus problems. Pollen, dust mites, spores and other particles can be circulated through your home constantly when the system’s fan is on.

Since a clean air conditioner runs more efficiently, having your system cleaned periodically can help both your sinuses and your wallet. Changing your filter regularly is also a cheap way to ensure that the air being distributed by your air conditioner isn’t making you sick.

If You’re Suffering, Call Us

If your air conditioner in Joliet is making you sick, call DuPree Heating & Air Conditioning today. We can clean your system and install advanced air purifiers to make sure that your air is as clean as possible. Besides dealing with indoor air quality, we perform a full line of cooling and heating installation, repair and maintenance services as well as duct and envelope tightness testing. You can also rely on us for sheet metal fabrication.

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