Florida is no stranger to hot temperatures and heavy rains—but these factors could be turning your air conditioning system into a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria. Certain bacteria thrive in warm and wet conditions, meaning your AC could be promoting bacterial growth and dispersing it throughout your home. Here’s what you need to know about air conditioning bacteria and how you can fight it:
AC Bacteria and Your Health
Bacterium is a hot topic amongst professionals in the heating and cooling industry as certain bacteria thrives in air conditioners. Specifically speaking, the bacterium legionella is commonly found in cooling towers and large central air-conditioning systems. The bacterium prospers in stagnant warm water and causes illness in individuals who inhale the contaminated mist or vapor emitted from air conditioners. Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia that causes lung inflammation and can produce serious symptoms including:
– Muscle pains
– Shortness of breath
– Chest pain
Fight Bacteria with UV Lights
While bacteria growth in your air conditioning can be a serious problem, there are many things you can do to stop bacteria from growing, such as having a UV light installed.
What does UV lighting do? UV lights sterilize the air in your home by fighting against microorganisms.
How does it work? UV lighting utilizes ultraviolet lights to damage the DNA of microorganisms. As the UV radiation disrupts the chemical bonds within the microorganism, the bacteria are unable to repair itself or generate new cells.
What are the other benefits of UV lighting? Besides being a bacterium-fighting machine, UV lighting is cost-effective and can improve the overall quality of the air inside of your home!
Contact Engineered Air
At Engineered Air, we want your home to be cool and comfortable without jeopardizing your safety. If you have concerns about bacteria in your air conditioner, contact us today. One of our trained technicians will quickly and efficiently review your entire system to ensure no harmful bacterium is growing. To learn more about how we can help your home stay cool, comfy and safe, call us at (855) 830-2292 or contact us online today.