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Is Your Air Conditioner Making You Sick?

While air conditioning systems protect us against a number of health-related illnesses, they can actually cause health problems if they aren’t properly maintained. How is that possible? Bacteria, mold and fungus are just a few examples of microorganisms that can make us sick.

How It Helps
As temperatures heat up, lots of us head indoors for shelter from the sweltering sun. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “air conditioning is the number one protective factor against health-related illness and death.” If you’re feeling weak or faint, head into the cool, comfortable retreat inside your home and drink plenty of water.

How It Hurts
Although air conditioning can save us from heat-related issues, not taking care of your cooling system can be detrimental to your health. They can act as a breeding ground for bacteria, mold and fungus  as moisture accumulates in the coils and fan blades. Mix moisture with hot, humid conditions and you have a recipe for disaster.

Mold and fungus can cause severe respiratory problems like pneumonia and Legionnaire’s disease, along with inflammation of the lungs caused by bacteria. How can you prevent these problems from arising? Make sure you clean or change the filters regularly and be certain that exhaust fans are working properly.

For more information about your home’s air conditioning system, contact the experts at Uptown Air Conditioning. We provide free estimates to homeowners in the Twin Cities – St. Paul area, so give us a call today!

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