Is Your Air Conditioner Making You Sick?

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Being cold cannot give you a cold, despite what many people may think. Only germs, bacteria, and viruses can do that. However, your air conditioner could be a contributing factor to your summer cold. Here’s how.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

Although your air conditioner is your most prized summertime possession—it gives you a sanctuary away from the blazing sun and helps you sleep soundly—it can also be contributing to poor indoor air quality if not properly maintained. That’s right: your air conditioner could be filtering germs and infections throughout your home without you realizing. Everyone is constantly opening doors and windows to go outside or let in fresh air in the summer, and in doing so could be letting in all kinds of pollutants and allergens. Then, they get trapped. Without proper filtration, your AC could be recycling these pollutants over and over again.

What Are The Symptoms?

The common symptoms of poor indoor air quality look suspiciously similar to a cold. They can include:

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sore, dry, or itchy throat
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Coughing
  • Skin issues
  • Respiratory issues

These symptoms within your home could be due to poor indoor air quality brought on by your air conditioner. Luckily, there are ways to improve it!

How To Fix Indoor Air Quality

To keep your air conditioning system from making you and your family sick, make sure you:

  • Turn on your bathroom fans when showering — This helps remove humidity from the air and reduces the chance of mold or mildew buildup.
  • Get an A/C tune-up annually — Routine maintenance from your local HVAC technicians  ensures that your system is working properly. A professional will swap out filters and deal with air quality related issues.
  • Consider an air cleaner — Air cleaners or scrubbers take cleaning to the next level by focusing on your IAQ. Try installing an air cleaner or air scrubber in your home to control contaminant levels in your home, and truly improve your overall indoor air quality and home comfort.
  • Replace your air filters — One of the best things you can do for your home comfort and health is replace your air filters frequently. This can have a major impact on the air you’re breathing within your home and reduce the chances of getting you sick. Think about it: a dirty air filter is literally recycling germs and contaminants back into your home.
  • Check all ductwork for leaks or gaps — This is vital. If there are leaks in your ductwork, unfiltered air can enter and your AC will distribute it throughout your home. Yikes! Have an HVAC professional at Comfort Tech check your ductworks at your annual tune-up.
  • Install a dehumidifier — Sometimes weaker air conditioners are not up to the challenge of dehumidifying your home and you need a little back up. A whole-house dehumidifying system can work wonders to reduce moisture in the air and reduce the risk of mold spores and other airborne pollutants.

Schedule Air Conditioner Maintenance ASAP

Summer is a time for celebration, not a time to be cooped up and sick. Don’t let you air conditioner contribute to unhealthy air quality; schedule air conditioner maintenance ASAP! Comfort Tech is happy to help your family breathe the best air possible. If you have any other questions about the air quality in your Baltimore – Washington metro area home, or would like to schedule an appointment, call the professionals at Comfort Tech today!