Could Your Air Conditioning System Be Making You Sick?
People all across the country are gearing up for another hot summer — and to help stay comfortable in sky-high temperatures, many of us are going to be relying on our air conditioners. In fact, air conditioning is the No. 1 protective factor against heat-related illness and death, the Centers for Disease Control reports.
But what if these same air conditioners are making us sick while keeping us cool?
According to a recent KCTV report, health experts are warning people everywhere to watch out for the health risks of using an air conditioning unit that hasn’t been properly inspected.
This is because air conditioners, despite their seemingly-innocent appearances, can quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria, fungus and mold. Moisture easily accumulates in the unit’s coils and fan blades, creating the perfect environment for these bacteria and spores to thrive. If left unchecked, air conditioners will blow air filled with mold and fungus spores into a home.
It doesn’t just sound gross — mold and fungus spores are highly dangerous to humans when inhaled. These spores and bacteria have been linked to a number of breathing problems such as Legionnaire’s disease, and can even bring the onset of fatal infectious pneumonia.
Air conditioners can also make you more prone to something called sick building syndrome, a condition characterized by dizziness, dry throat, itchy eyes and nausea.
So how can you minimize the health risks associated with air conditioning in your own home?
First, every homeowner should make it a priority to regularly change out the air filters in their air conditioning systems. Ideally, these air filters should be changed once every 90 days, and even more frequently during peak usage times. Not only will this keep the air within your home clean and contaminant free; it will also reduce the amount of repairs and maintenance you’ll need to perform on your air conditioner.
So before putting your air conditioner on full blast this summer, take a moment to make sure it’s in good working condition. Your health depends on it!