Air conditioning is the best thing to have when the temperatures rise and the heat sets in, but the AC can cause you some health issues. Your allergies or headaches may not be due to the outdoor seasonal weather but could be a result of your indoor HVAC system.
A well-maintained and clean HVAC system is necessary not only to keep you cool in the summer (and warm in the winter) but also to keep you from feeling poorly.
These are 3 of the top negative health concerns that could be related you’re your HVAC system and what to do to avoid feeling ill.
1. Breathing Issues
When the air conditioner is not cleaned and/or the filter is not changed the system can become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. Moisture can also build up in the coils and ducts and can cause black mold. This can result in fevers, coughing, and even muscle aches.
Solution: Keep your AC cleaned and maintained with an annual system check and regularly change the furnace filter.
2. Frequent Headaches
IF your thermostat is set too cold your body can be constantly chilled and this can result in getting sick and having headaches and/or fatigue.
Solution: Make sure your thermostat is set to a temperature that keeps you cool and comfortable, but not cold. The general recommendation for temperature setting in the summer is 78 degrees.
3. Respiratory Infections & Allergies
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns that indoor pollutants may be more prevalent than outdoor pollutants due to the circulation of indoor air. Any mold, dust, pet dander or the presence of other ill people contribute to the indoor pollution.
Solution: Keep the HVAC system clean with a professional cleaning and a professional duct cleaning can help cut down on the indoor pollution. In addition to the annual maintenance of the HVAC system and a duct cleaning, consider an air cleaner, air filtration system, or a UV system.
Avoid feeling bad and keep cool this summer, schedule your annual AC system check today!