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Could Your Air Filter Make You Sick?

The hot and humid Florida summer weather is in full swing, and that means many of us are cranking our air conditioners to keep our homes cool and comfortable. And while air conditioning is great for beating the heat, it could worsen your allergy symptoms or even make you sick.

According to research by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), dirty air filters may be the culprit. If you have a dirty air filter in your home, it can trigger allergic reactions and sinus congestion to those with sensitivity to pollen, mold, and pet dander. The air filter collects and harbors these allergens, allowing them to circulate throughout your home and negatively affecting your indoor air quality.

Poor indoor air quality can trigger symptoms such as sneezing, scratchy throat, eye irritation, and respiratory issues; these symptoms may be worse for those suffering from allergies or asthma. Changing your air filter regularly will prevent dirt, dust, pet dander, pollen, mold spores, bacteria, and other allergens from entering your home and affecting the inside air. 


Good air quality means better health for you and your family. While a clean air filter will result in less dusting, it can also prevent germs and bacteria from entering your home. A MERV-13 rated air filter traps airborne bacteria and viruses from sneezes and coughs. And while it doesn’t guarantee protection from coronavirus, updating your filter can reduce the risk, and the cleaner air will keep your immune system strong. Clean filters mean cleaner air and a healthier home.


The ACAAI recommends that those affected by allergens should check their air filters frequently. If the filter is disposable, replace it every three months at a minimum. If there are pets in the home, check or replace your filter monthly during the summer months. Replacing your A/C filter regularly allows your system to more efficiently and use less energy, making it a win for your wallet and the environment.


The life of your air conditioning and the health of your family depends on regular system maintenance. Changing your AC filter is an easy way to keep your indoor air clean and prevent costly repairs to your air conditioner. If you have any questions about when or how you should be changing your air filters, contact the professionals at Air Rescue. For more information, visit our website or call us at 813-358-3431.





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