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Is My AC Affecting My Child's Eczema?

It’s a well-known fact that the goal of an air conditioner is to help keep you comfortable — but for those who have children that suffer from eczema, an AC can actually contribute to your child’s discomfort. If you’ve noticed your child has dry, itchy skin (no matter what detergent or lotion you use), it may be time to look at your indoor air quality.

Levels of Humidity and Eczema

Air conditioning helps to reduce the level of humidity in your home, making it easier for you to breathe. However, your HVAC can actually dry the air in a room a tad too much, leading to dehydrated, dry skin.

Now, if your home happens to lack humidity, there are some simple fixes that can bring your child some comfort. Investing in a humidifier for their room, or common living spaces will help even out your humidity levels.

Outdoor Allergens and Skin Health

In addition to reducing your humidity levels, your air conditioner brings in air from the outside to cool your home. Depending on the time of year, however, the air your unit is bringing in from nature could be full of pollen or other allergens. If your child suffers from hay fever, their eczema symptoms might become worse due to the increased level of allergens in your home.

However, not all air conditioning units have strong enough air filtration systems to help remove these particles from the air. Therefore, you can invest in a HEPA air purifier, which is an advanced filtration device that catches irritants of all sizes. These devices not only help to filter the air for your whole home, but they also help prevent eczema flare-ups.

In fact, air conditioning can still be a wonderful attribute, even if a child has eczema. Sweating can, at times, cause eczema symptoms to worsen — and an air conditioner can help prevent that. It’s important to simply make sure you’ve got proper humidity levels and clean air!

For all of your air conditioning and indoor air quality concerns, Rescue Air Heating and Cooling is here to help 24/7. If you’re in need of a service call, contact us today at (972) 201-3253!