Why we should ditch the fans and get air conditioning

Do you sneeze and itch when you’re in a room with fans? Both ceiling and electric stand-up fans could be making your hayfever worse.

But hayfever sufferers aren’t the only people affected; it can be problematic for asthmatics too.

This is because fans are collectors of triggers like dust, dust mites, pollens etc. and when turned on these triggers are dispersed into the air. In short, this means the triggers are circulated and are not removed from the room.

But don’t worry we have technology to thank. Not only is air conditioning more effective by cooling us down, but it can also help hayfever sufferers and asthmatics with systems that use High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. A HEPA filter is an air filter that forces air through a fine mesh that catches pollen, pet dander, dust, and dust mites making the air cleaner.

HEPA filters are more commonly used for commercial reasons rather than residential. However, Plasma filters are more widely available in residential air conditioning systems that are also used to filter dust and bacterial contaminant.

If you’ve got your mind set on using HEPA filters you could connect an external HEPA filter to your air conditioning system.

On the other hand, air conditioners that do not have the right filters can pose the same health-related issues as fans.

Although most of us now use air conditioning systems, there are some households or buildings that haven’t been upgraded.

It may not pose an issue in households where there are no hayfever sufferers or asthmatics, but it certainly can affect public buildings like schools.

So next time you’re thinking about upgrading or renovating consider getting air conditioning. It’s understandable that fans may be more suitable for your budget, however, health should be your first priority.

Some reputable air conditioning brands include:

  • Panasonic
  • Mitsubishi
  • Fujitsu
  • Toshiba
  • Daikin

Keep in mind central air conditioning systems should be professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Adding air purifiers to a room are recommended for people with allergies, even if you do have an air conditioning system.

1 in 7 Australians have hayfever. If you think you could have hayfever, you should consider going to the doctor who can help you find a treatment.

(Photo credit: Flickr, by Texas Leather Furniture in San Antonio).