Is Your Air Conditioner Making You Sick?

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An energy efficient home starts with a safe AC Unit

Unlike fans which enhance flow of air to make a room feel cooler, air conditioners pass air through a cooling mechanism to achieve the same (or even a better) effect. Even though there are various benefits that are associated with air conditioning,

The ac repair contractors at Comfortilio Hialeah FL suggest that it is neither entirely good nor bad. There are times when you will be exceedingly thankful for air conditioning, but there are also times when you will feel better off without it. Does your AC make you feel sick? Well, here are some points that show the link between air conditioning and ill health:

Increased Exposure to Sickness-Causing Germs

Very few homes are free of germs and your chances of getting sick are heightened as you get exposed to disease-causing microorganisms. The bathroom, for example, is one room in the house that is infested with germs in form of mold, mildew and bacteria. When you turn on your air conditioner, it tends to pick up the germs from those areas that are heavily contaminated and spreads it around your home. This brings about a host of health issues (such as breathing problems and headaches) to both you and your loved ones.

ACs are also known to distribute Legionairre’s disease, an air-borne ailment that produces pneumonia and high fever, thus potentially fatal. Besides causing new health problems, air conditioners are also notorious in exaggerating symptoms of an ailment that you may already be suffering from. ACs are infamous for enhancing symptoms of arthritis, neuritis and low blood pressure. This makes pain management more difficult for those who are adamant on utilizing their air conditioners.

Solution

When showering, make sure that the bathroom fans are turned on. This will help to reduce humidity and also minimize the chance of mildew/mold from shower condensation. You should also seek the services of a professional mold remover to scout remove if found present in your home.

Dry Skin

Besides circulating air, ACs also suck moisture out of air. Spending too much time in air conditioned places causes the skin to lose moisture, hence get dry. Dry skin is generally not a serious health problem, but it can accelerate to serious complications such as chronic eczema. Redness, cracking and itching of the skin are some of the symptoms to watch out for.

Severe or chronic dry skin problems may require examination by a dermatologist.

How to Fix It

Apply moisturizer to your skin repeatedly throughout the day. Also drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

From the above points, it can be deduced that there is a link between AC use and health problems.

How to Minimize the Circulation of Disease-Causing Microorganisms Bacteria, mildew and mold spores breed when there is both moisture and “food” (dirt and dust) in certain areas of your home.

While your AC can pick germs from infested areas and distribute them to other areas of your home, some of the germs can remain in your AC. Some of the parts in your AC that create an ideal atmosphere for the growth of bacteria, mildew and mold include the evaporator coils and drip pan.

From a health expert view, ditching your air conditioner can be a smart way of avoiding all the health problems that are associated with air conditioning. However, this may not be realistic. Therefore, the most ideal thing to do is to consider the services of a professional air cleaner so that you can have the evaporator coils cleaned up to ensure that there are no leaks, clogs or condensate drain line. You should also seek the services of a professional mold/mildew remover in case you notice growth of buildup in any part of your home. It is also important to address water damage as soon as it occurs to prevent growth of mildew and mold in your home.