How to choose the right air conditioner for your home
A new study from AccuWeather has found that air conditioning is a better option for people with allergies and asthma.
The study, which surveyed a representative sample of more than 3,000 homes, found that while air conditioning users reported a better quality of life, air conditioning had less benefit for asthma patients.
“The most important thing to remember is air conditioning does not make you healthier, it makes you more vulnerable to illnesses and conditions,” Dr. Andrew Fuhrmann, a allergist at the University of California, San Diego, told Fox News.
“In addition to the impact on your immune system, air conditioners can also cause asthma attacks.
The most important consideration is to be sure you have the right type of air condition.”
While most air conditionants have a low vapor pressure, Fuhrs said a vapor pressure of more to 3,600 can reduce the risk of developing asthma attacks, and higher air pressures, such as 5,000 to 6,000, are ideal for people who are prone to them.
According to the study, air filters can also be used for people living with asthma.
Fuhrons research found that many people use filters, especially in the case of outdoor air, to prevent exposure to potentially harmful particles.
However, while the use of a filter can be beneficial for air conditioning usage, it can also reduce the effectiveness of filters for those with asthma, he said.
Fuhrman noted that air conditionings can also affect other aspects of the body.
People with asthma may need to take their medication more often than those without asthma to manage their symptoms, he added.
“In the case that you’re using a filter, you may want to consider switching it out, especially if you have asthma,” he said, adding that a change in usage may mean more people will be diagnosed with asthma later in life.
According the study’s findings, those who had allergies to indoor air were more likely to use an air conditionant than those with no allergies.
The air conditioning users were also more likely than those who were not allergic to indoor or outdoor air to have asthma.
Fumers research was based on a national survey of 1,000 households conducted by the company’s Accuweather subsidiary.
It included questions about the use and quality of air conditioning and air filters, air quality, allergies, and asthma symptoms.
The company will continue to update the study with updates as the data becomes available.