Now that spring is here, and the weather is beginning to calm down, it's time to start planning for some fun summer activities. If you spent last summer dealing with what seemed like never-ending headaches, and the doctor couldn't find a reason for them, you need to give your home a good, hard look. The last thing you want is a repeat of the same headache problems this summer. You might not realize this, but there are a few things inside your home that can cause summer time headaches. If you begin to experience headaches again once the weather warms up a bit more, take a look at the three issues described below. These three relatively simple issues can cause some serious headache pain during the summer.
There's Not Enough Moisture in the Air
If you're like most people, as soon as the weather gets hot, you turn on your air conditioner. Air conditioning does a great job of cooling things down, but it also does a good job of lowering the moisture level in your home. Unfortunately, if the air inside your home gets too dry, you begin to get dehydrated, which can cause those summer headaches. To reduce the occurrence of the headaches, install a whole-house humidifier in your home. To get a head start on the headache relief, bring in a few portable humidifiers to use until your permanent system can be installed. The added moisture will help keep the headaches away. It's also a good idea to increase the amount of water you drink each day.
The Thermostat Is Set Too Low
If you've ever gotten a headache from eating something cold, you know all about brain freezes. What you might not know is that your air conditioner can cause the same type of headache, especially if you have the temperature set too low in your home. To help you avoid the AC-related brain freeze headaches, turn the thermostat up a few degrees. Not only will you avoid the headaches, but you'll also save some money on your cooling bill this summer.
Your Air Conditioner Has a Mold Problem
If you haven't cleaned your air conditioner in a while, there's a good chance that your headaches are being caused by a buildup of mold. Over time, mold can develop in the evaporative coils, drain pan, condensation lines, and even in the air ducts. Before you're left to deal with debilitating summer headaches, have your HVAC technician come out and give your air conditioner, and ducts, a thorough cleaning to get rid of the mold spores.