Is your family feeling run down lately? Or do you feel like you’re always getting the sniffles for no reason? It may not just be another cold going around. If your family is always feeling sick, your air conditioner may be to blame.
The Invisible Threat
The Environmental Protection Agency list poor air quality as a major health risk. Not only can it be harmful for people with allergies or certain diseases, it can cause a number of very serious health issues. Most commonly, people exposed to poor indoor air quality will manifest flu like symptoms. These include:
- Itchy Skin
- Shortness of breath
- Irritation of the eyes, nose and throat
- Ear infections
These are just some of the most common problems caused by poor air quality. If the quality of air is very bad, some people may even face serious respiratory diseases and cancers.
What’s to Blame?
There are two AC culprits that are connected with illness: airborne pollutants and dry air.
Airborne Pollutants: Your HVAC system is designed to filter out common airborne pollutants. However, those pollutants may be getting spread throughout your home if your AC is not properly maintained. Mold, pet dander, dust and other allergens could be coming out your vents and polluting your air. This is especially dangerous for those with allergies, children and elderly.
Dry Air: In Florida, you’ll almost never hear people complain that their air isn’t humid enough. However, if you’re over dehumidifying your home, it could be causing illness with symptoms such as dry, cracked skin, nosebleeds, and other flu like symptoms.
Improving Your Air Quality
Before you swear off air conditioning forever, it’s important to understand that this isn’t your AC’s fault. Generally, poor indoor air used is caused by a lack of AC maintenance. Dirty indoor air is caused by a dirty HVAC. The best way to keep your home’s air safe is by getting an HVAC cleaned by a professional twice a year. However, in between checkups, it’s equally important to change your filters at least once a month.
If you believe your air is too dry, you may need to run your air conditioner less. Our AC’s have built in dehumidifiers, so turning them off should return some of the moisture to the air. If your air is still feeling dry, invest in a humidifier.
If your air conditioner is making you feel under the weather, call Engineered Air today. Our experienced technicians will leave both you and your air conditioner with a clean bill of health!