Is your old central air conditioning and heating system affecting your health? Literally millions of Americans take their air conditioning unit for granted during the heat of summer, in fact it’s hard to imagine what we do with without them. What you may not realize is that your air conditioning unit could be threatening your health and making you sick without you even realizing it. Your old AC unit can cause respiratory illnesses in the form of runny noses, sore throats, flu like symptoms, asthma, sore itchy eyes and much more.
Health Side Effects of Old Central Air Conditioners
According to the knowledgeable experts at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning some of the biggest health risks associated with older air conditioning units include:
Spread of Microorganisms: Older air conditioning units are the perfect petri dish for bacteria, pollen and fungi to build up and travel through the air to become trapped in the intake ducts. While not all fungi causes infection, some including aspergillus and Histoplasma C Capsulatum can produce respiratory issues and allergic reactions. For many individuals the inhalation of fungal spores can have lasting effects and for some devastating consequences.
Workplace Illness: Although commercial buildings have very strict air requirements, employees may complain of unpleasant odors as well as hot or cold zones in various parts of the building. Some employees may even complain of skin irritation, headaches, fatigue and breathing problems. In many cases this may be the result of an old air conditioning unit that allows contaminants that can be harmful to our health to continually spread and recirculate through the air.
Aggravated Respiratory Conditions: Old AC units can seriously affect the health of individuals who suffer with bronchitis, asthma, allergies and other respiratory issues. Mold and viruses spreading through the air can aggravate these conditions making it easier for suffers to contract a serious lung infection.
Legionnaires’ Disease: Is a form of pneumonia caused by a type of bacteria known as Legionella. Legionella thrives in moist environments such as those found in an older air conditioner unit typically located in a commercial setting. Legionella can have serious health consequences and produces a wide range of symptoms including nausea, fatigue, headache, fever, chest pain and body aches. If left untreated, this disease can be fatal.
Central Air Conditioning Maintenance
Since the majority of homeowners rarely open their windows especially during the hot summer months they rely on their air conditioning units to keep the air cool. Older air conditioning units can be hazardous to your health collecting and spreading all manner of contaminants throughout homes and businesses. New model A/C units are designed to clean and filter the air to resist fungal spores, and other pollutants. General maintenance can also help to keep your unit working properly as can changing your filers when needed. Being comfortable during the heat of summer should not put your health at risk.
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For more information regarding residential and commercial A/C inspections, tune-ups, maintenance, replacement and installation, contact the knowledgeable experts at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning today