Air conditioners are back in style! With warm days here (and warmer still ahead), people have started to look to AC systems to provide an almost instant relief of cooler air in households and at the workplace. These systems not only prevent heat-related illnesses and death, they also filter pollen from circulating in the environment.
However, it is important to remain aware about potential negative outcomes that could arise when using an AC.
According to CBS News, if AC systems are left unchecked, the condensation that leads to the build-up of moisture in the fan blades and coils can lead to bacteria and fungus growth. The air blown out with these microorganisms can then lead to breathing problems such as pneumonia and Legionnaire’s disease.
Additionally, sick building syndrome is an issue, caused by prolonged time in indoor environments. Itchy eyes, dry throat, dizziness and nausea are some symptoms that may arise with an AC system.
To reduce and prevent harmful effects of AC system usage, it is important to:
- Clean or change the air filter regularly.
- Remove chemicals near the AC to prevent the spread of dangerous fumes.
- Make sure exhaust fans are in working condition to continue to provide adequate ventilation.
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