Do you ever find yourself feeling stuffy and fatigued even when you’ve stayed inside for most of the day? The point of your air conditioner is to make your home more comfortable — cooling and protecting your home in the hottest days of spring and summer. If your air conditioner is not well-maintained, however, it might be making you sick instead, the result of poor air quality.
How Can An Air Conditioner Make You Sick?
Sometimes airborne allergens such as dust, pollen, or pet dander find their way into your air vents. As they linger in your vents, they can be blown back out with your newly conditioned air, meaning you’ll breathe them in from the comfort of your own home. This can lead to the feeling of a stuffy nose or inflamed sinuses. Another problem is mold. Mold spores can get into your air vents and grow from there, infecting the air throughout your home. Depending on the type of mold, this could even be dangerous for those who live in your home.
Recognizing Mold In Your Air Vents
If you have an excess of dust or pet dander in your home, you can likely recognize it by sight. Mold, however, can be harder to see, as it often forms in dark corners or hidden places first. By the time you see mold in your home, there’s a good chance that it’s already worked its way into your air vents. However, mold does have a distinctive smell — a persistent, musty odor that smells like something moist in the home. If you recognize this, it’s a good idea to schedule duct cleaning to clear it out.
How to Prevent “Air Conditioner Sickness”
There are a few ways you can keep your air conditioner in shape so that it doesn’t make you sick. One way is to regularly dust and vacuum any pet dander. If you’re already doing that, however, and the problem persists, you may need to replace air filters or schedule duct cleaning. You can also install an air purifier to remove harmful contaminants from the air. To ensure that your currently functioning air conditioner continues to remain in good health, you can sign up for our Maintenance Value Plan (MVP), which comes with annual air conditioner tune-ups, analyzing 21 elements of your air conditioner for a truly thorough inspection.
Worried that your air conditioner might be making you sick? Contact Service Champions today for more information or to book a tune-up, duct cleaning, or air purifier installation.