The Health Hazards of Not Maintaining Your Air Conditioning Unit

Regular maintenance of your air conditioning unit is critically important for its longevity and your health. This is true in both domestic and commercial settings. Air Conditioning units  accumulate pollutants from the air, which can build up in the unit over time.  These pollutants will contaminate the air you breathe, posing serious health hazards.

Among the common ailments associated with air conditioning units are the following:

  • Asthma

  • Sore/Itchy throat

  • Coughing

  • Frequent colds

  • Allergic reactions

  • Sneezing

  • Skin problems

 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, maybe it’s time to call your local air conditioning cleaners to take a look at your unit.

So What Makes You Sick?

There are two ways in which air conditioning units  can cause illness – lengthy exposure to low temperatures and mould. It is relatively easy to control the first cause through the positioning of your unit and furniture, and of course the temperature at which you set it.  Mould, however can infiltrate your home in a much less obvious way,  and is much harder to control if allowed to run unchecked.

Mould Inside Your Air Conditioning System

Mould is dangerous if not treated immediately. It builds up over time, often undetected, and spreads rapidly throughout your home. This may cause your family or staff countless health problems. If you detect small mould build-up in any area of your home or office, you can remove it by cleaning with the right products, proper ventilation and sunlight (where possible).

Serious mould build-up needs proper attention from professional mould removal experts, especially when it comes to your AC unit. When you’re experiencing symptoms but cannot locate mould inside your home, it may be hidden inside your air conditioning unit.

Unknown to many, air conditioning units are among the main appliances that can harbour mould because the inside temperature and moisture offer the perfect environment for fungus to grow.

How to Prevent Mould Build-Up?

Proper ventilation can help you prevent mould build-up. Open up your windows and let some fresh air inside. Also, using a fan can help prevent mould but will not ideal remove it.

Air filters are designed to help prevent air contaminants from thriving. However, if not cleaned properly and regularly,  they too can turn into breeding grounds for bacteria to flourish.

We at  Mould Doctor can clean your air conditioning unit,  including filters, to give you peace of mind, and to increase the efficiency of your unit.  Have a look at our video about split system air conditioner cleaning on our site, and give us a call to book in your service.

 

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