Your air conditioner is an important component of residential comfort, but it can also contribute to keeping you healthy and free from disease. Air conditioning health and safety involves preventing the material that can grow inside an air conditioner from entering your living environment. It can also mean preventing the potential spread of disease-causing microorganisms. Here are some points to consider when evaluating air conditioning concerns regarding health and safety.
Regular Preventive Maintenance is Crucial
Regular preventive maintenance contributes to improving your indoor air quality and preventing the spread of microorganisms that may have grown inside the equipment.
- Air filters: Air filters are intended to capture particles of dust, pollen, mold, and other particulates as they circulate through the AC system. Dirty filters cannot effectively remove material from the air and can potentially release material that has already been captured. By regularly changing filters, you ensure a fresh, clean environment where these particulates can easily be trapped and held as air moves through the filter.
- Cleaning: During a maintenance appointment, your HVAC tech should also clean the system to remove any dirt, mold, or other accumulations of material. This ensures there is no chance that these substances can come loose and be blown into your home’s interior along with the cool air from your AC.
Potential AC-Related Health Problems
- Respiratory irritation: Particulates in the air can cause various types of respiratory irritation, potentially causing coughs, asthma attacks, or allergic reactions. Maintaining clean filters will significantly reduce this potential problem.
- Infectious diseases: It is possible that infectious diseases could be transferred by AC systems. Legionnaire’s Disease, for example, a form of flu, has been found in cooling systems. Be cautious, however, when attributing any disease or health problem to the air conditioning system. Talk to your doctor for professional help determining the origin of any health issues.
Conditioned Air has been serving the residential cooling needs of customers in southwest Florida for more than 53 years. Contact us today for more information on air conditioning health and safety and how keeping your air conditioner well maintained can contribute to improved health and comfort.