Your HVAC unit has a pretty significant impact on the indoor air quality of your home in Panther Creek, Texas. This, in turn, can have a major effect on your respiratory health. But unless you know the specific signs of your issue, it can be difficult to pinpoint its cause. Furthermore, reactions to most conditions are quite similar. Use our guide to decoding your sniffles to find out whether you might have HVAC-related allergies, asthma, or cold symptoms.

Understanding Allergies

People can have allergies to all kinds of products and materials, from eggs to peanuts to latex. As a result, symptoms can vary widely. For example, a milk allergy can cause immediate wheezing, nausea, and vomiting, while other food allergies might cause hives. A polluted HVAC system can exacerbate pollen allergies, which cause runny noses, sneezing, and rashes. For relief, change your filters regularly, and consider installing an air purifier, a dehumidifier, or even a whole-house ventilation system.

About Asthma

Asthma symptoms aren’t always as obvious as the physical signs of allergic reactions. Intense exercise or poor air quality typically trigger asthma attacks, resulting in difficulty breathing, frequent respiratory infections, and throat irritations. In some cases, asthma can even cause chest tightness and an increased heart rate. A humidifier might help you breathe easier, depending on your home’s current humidity level.

Experiencing Cold Symptoms

Some viruses can cause the common cold, which closely mirrors the clinical signs of allergies and asthma. Symptoms include a runny nose, chest congestion, fever, and sneezing. Colds can also cause general fatigue, headaches, and body chills. Consider adding UV germicidal lights to your HVAC system to keep germs at bay.

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While you’ll need a licensed physician to help diagnose your allergies, asthma, or cold, we can help remedy the cause. More often than not, airborne illnesses in the home are a result of a dirty or neglected air conditioner. Having a professional technician service your system can help.

To determine whether your HVAC system is the cause of your respiratory ailments, give one of our representatives at Integrity Comfort Solutions a call today at 281-346-3095.