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"Is My Air Conditioning Making Me Cough?"

What You Need to Know About Air Conditioning Sickness Symptoms

For millions of homes around the country, air conditioning provides much-needed relief from the summertime heat. There is, however, a small percentage of us that experience an unwanted side effect of climate controlled homes: a pesky cough. There are numerous reasons why any one of us could be experiencing a summertime cough, but most doctors agree that, in some cases, air conditioning can be contributor to this symptom. Called "hypersensitivity pneumosis," a cough caused by an air conditioner is the result of an allergy to particles in the air that are distributed by the AC system. These particles can include dust, mold, fungus, and other airborne contaminants that can irritate the lungs and result in symptoms of ill health.

In addition to coughing, air conditioners may also contribute to:

  • Headache
  • Asthma attacks
  • Cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Itchy nose and/or throat

The good news is that there are a few simple solutions for alleviating this issue!

Solution #1: Check and Replace Your Air Conditioning Filter

The most likely culprit to a summertime cough is allergies. Ideally, air conditioning actually helps clean the air in your home by pushing it through a filter before circulating throughout the rest of your house.

However, not all filters are created equal—and some filters just need to be replaced. If your filter isn't working properly, then it is possible that your air conditioning system is circulating pollen, dust, and other particles that can contribute to coughing and other allergy symptoms. If you believe that your filter is to blame for your summertime cough, contact an experienced HVAC professional to assess your system, recommend a filter replacement, and make any other repairs.

Solution #2: Consider a Humidifier

In order to maintain the lower temperatures, the air quality that is produced by your air conditioning system is dry. While this is cool and comfortable to our exteriors, our airways may be made less comfortable by chronic exposure to this dry air. These airways can become irritated causing a persistent cough.

Humidifiers could help with this problem. These units reintroduce moisture back into the air and can be particularly effective in bedrooms when we sleep.

Is your AC Making You Cough?

Do you believe your air conditioner isn't working correctly? Don't face the summer months without a properly climate-controlled home. At Correy Baker Heating & Air, our professionals bring more than 25 years of experience to our work and ready to provide you swift and cost-effective installation and repair services.

Want to learn about about what we can do for you? Call us at (951) 419-4146 today.

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