Is Your Air Conditioner Making You Sick?

Is Your Air Conditioner Making You Sick?

When the scorching hot summer months arrive, many of us rely on our home air conditioning systems to stay nice and comfortable. While you likely don't think much about it, your air conditioner may be causing you to become sick. By knowing what some of the most common symptoms are of air conditioner sickness, you can work to remedy the problem or call in an HVAC professional for assistance.

New Breathing Or Respiratory Issues

If you've noticed that you've developed new respiratory or breathing issues lately, it could be a sign that your air conditioner is the root cause. More specifically, there could be mold growth happening inside of your air conditioning system. When mold growth is left unchecked, it could lead to potentially fatal illnesses. It's important to have your air conditioning system checked for mold and regularly replace your air filter.

Sore Throat

Contrary to popular belief, you can get a cold in the middle of the summer. However, if you're experiencing a chronic sore throat, it's likely that your air conditioner may be to blame. If you spend long hours indoors, your air conditioning system may be recirculating harmful allergens in the air. Some of the most common are pet dander, fungi, bacteria, and mold. Replacing your air filter often is a great way to remove these harmful allergens from your indoor air.

Dry And Flaky Skin

While your air conditioner can be a great way to stay nice and cool during the hot summer months, it can be easy to overuse. If you keep your home at a frigid temperature, you may notice that you have more dry, flaky, and even itchy skin. This is likely due to the removal of too much humidity from the air. Try turning your thermostat up to a more comfortable temperature. You may need to add a humidifier if you're still experiencing dry skin.

We Fatigue and Headaches

If you notice that you're more tired than usual after spending a day working indoors, it could be a result of your air conditioner. When you have the setting too low where you're constantly cold, it can wreak havoc on your energy levels. It's best to keep your thermostat in a comfortable setting, around 78 degrees. You shouldn't have to put on a sweater or wrap up in a blanket when you're running your air conditioner in the summertime.

Contact Us Today

If you think that your air conditioner is behind your newly acquired health problems, then it's time to give us a call. We can assess your indoor air quality and make adjustments to your air conditioner to ensure that your family stays safe and healthy this summer.