TRS Air Condition in Tucson AZ knows that allergies and asthma symptoms can be a serious problem in our dry, desert climate. We want to give you the knowledge to help take care of your family and their health, making sure you enjoy your summer to the fullest! Here are some fast facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- – The number of diagnosed adults with hay fever in the past 12 months was 16.9 million in the U.S.
- – The number of reported hay fever in children over the past 12 months was 6.7 million in the U.S.
- – The number with reported respiratory allergies in U.S. children over the past 12 months was 8.3 million.
- – The number of visits to physician offices with a primary diagnosis of allergic rhinitis was 11.1 million in 2010.
- – Between 1997-2011, the prevalence of respiratory allergies increased with age.
Allergies can affect your physical and emotional health and can interfere with daily activities. There are some major asthma and allergen triggers to look for in Arizona:
- – Allergens such as animal hair, and airborne pollens such as hay fever, house dust and molds, dust mites, pollens, and cockroaches.
- – Irritants that trigger asthma symptoms include tobacco smoke, strong odors or sprays, chalk dust and changing weather conditions.
- – Dust in dry areas around Phoenix and Tucson transported by the wind may contain airborne fungus producing lung infections such as Valley Fever
- – Viral or sinus infections such as colds can especially impact children.
- – Exercising with mouth breathing dry air, or prolonged strenuous activity
- – Reflux disease affects almost 90% of people with asthma.
- – Medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen, and beta-blockers used to treat heart disease, high blood pressure or migraines.
- – Foods may include milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish
- – Anxiety and stress may cause fatigue increasing asthma symptoms
So… why are we talking about allergens and asthma being an HVAC Service Provider and not a Healthcare Provider? Simple! We care about your health and wellbeing. And, we can help.
You are exposed to triggers no matter where you are, whether it is outdoors or in. There are many ways to keep these effects to a minimum or eliminate them altogether within your private home space according to many healthcare professionals.
Protect yourself by:
- – Use an air conditioner as often as possible.
- – If using swamp coolers, change pads and water out every season or when smelling swampy odors.
- – Regularly changing HVAC filters.
- – Cover air ducts with filters or cheesecloth and change when soiled.
- – Use a dehumidifier to keep indoor humidity between 25-50%. Air out damp, humid areas frequently.
- – Use exhaust fans when cooking or to remove smoke and odors.
- – Clean bathrooms regularly using products that kill and prevent mold, and vent steam with exhaust fans.
- – Keep indoor plants out of bedrooms.
- – Add mold inhibitors to paint to prevent mold when painting.
- – Avoid outdoor sources of mold such as garden debris and wet leaves.
- – Encasing pillows, mattresses and box springs with allergen-proof, zippered covers.
- – Wash all bedding once a week in hot water.
- – Get rid of the carpeting. If not possible, vacuum often with a self contained vacuum cleaner. Wear a mask while vacuuming. Do not vacuum while asthmatics are present. Products such as Acarosan eliminate dust mites from carpeting.
- – Do not use mini-blinds; instead use plain window shades or easy washable curtains that can be washed often.
- – Dust all surfaces with a damp cloth, including lampshades and windowsills.
- – Keep clutter under control or stored away.
- – Use washable stuffed animals for your children.
- – Keep drawers and closets closed.
- – Do not use feather pillows or bedding.
- – Use roach baits, traps, or spray; but only use spray when no one is at home and air out for a couple of hours before returning home.
- – Limit outdoor activities during warm, dry mornings when pollen counts are highest.
- – Keep windows closed during pollen seasons. There are many apps that can tell you hourly pollen counts.
- – Avoid pets altogether, or minimize contact with other people’s pets. If impossible, keep pets outdoors or wash weekly.
If these still have not fully solved your problem, or you have a severe case, then think of using an air filtration system in your home. Although TRS cannot protect you from outdoor exposure to allergen and asthma triggers, we install air filtration systems that help your family live a better quality life inside your home. Contact us today to with any questions you might have or to schedule and in-home estimate today!