Does Air Conditioning Make You Sick?
Posted on 19th March 2018 by FM Mechanical Ltd
Air conditioning may be the best thing since sliced bread – and it can be found literally everywhere – but if you hang around a poorly maintained system for a long time, it may be causing that unseasonable summer cold you’ve been sniffling about.
Don’t know what we’re talking about? Well, by the end of this article you’re sure to know exactly why air conditioning maintenance shouldn’t be quite so optional.
What Does Science Say?
What does our favourite STEM subject have to say on the matter?
Well, you’ll be surprised to discover that it’s a complicated matter, with various parties making different claims. It gets rather messy once you correlate statistics that feature phenomena such as: rises in pollution, air conditioning use and office worker visits to nose, ear and throat specialists.
However, all agree that without maintenance and cleaning, air conditioners will circulate air that hosts more spores and dust than a well-maintained unit. A discerning office culture will have a contractual service agreement with an air conditioning engineer, to guarantee their unit (and their air) is tip-top.
Air Conditioning Conditions
If you’re part of a small office or have a home air conditioning unit, you might not have the benefits of an annual air con service inspection. In some cases, this will lead to problems such as mould in the ducts and a blocked air filter. Such issues can be linked to breathing problems, dry skin and fatigue but if your system is squeaky clean then there is nothing to worry about. The cause of your chronic illness lies elsewhere.
If you are experiencing breathing difficulties, check your air conditioning cleaning schedule, your personal habits (such as smoking or vaping) and your general health.
Dry skin is a common problem and is exacerbated by cold dry air, so make sure to invest in a decent moisturiser. Fatigue can be caused by any number of things, chief among which is lack of exercise, fruit, vegetables, minerals, iron, natural light – essentially, all the stuff you convinced yourself you didn’t need as a teen. Try anything and everything before assuming the worst, and if your symptoms persist, of course, seek the help of a professional.
FM Mechanical Ltd supply and install air conditioning systems of all sizes and types, in buildings of all sizes and types, for customers of all sizes and types. Our fully qualified engineers provide a swift and safe installation and have the knowledge and experience to service and maintain AC units from all major brands. Contact us today to find out more.