While Air Conditioners themselves do not make people sick, an unmaintained A/C could contribute to the spread of germs around your house, which could increase the likelihood of respiratory illnesses. Because Air Conditioners produce moisture, they create the perfect breeding ground for certain bacteria, molds, and mildew. As mold spores and bacteria begin to flourish, they are blown throughout your home via the A/C unit, spreading the infectious agents around your home. Therefore, it is important to have your AC system checked and cleaned at least once per year to make sure that the system is functioning properly and that any signs of mold and mildew are removed.
Additionally, air filters are designed with air quality in mind, although they do reach a point of saturation where they can no longer effectively filter contaminated air. Therefore, it is important to change your filters every month, especially during allergy season when air-allergen levels are high. To further prevent the spread of germs in your home, you can also turn on bathroom fans when showering to reduce moisture buildup, as well as thoroughly clean up any water damage in your home to prevent the growth of mold or mildew. By taking these precautionary steps, and maintaining a healthy HVAC system, you and your family can breathe comfortably all allergy season long.
If you believe you are having a problem with your HVAC system, General Air is fully equipped to provide accurate assessments and recommendations, with full-service technicians to meet your repair or replacement needs. It is important to get your unit checked as soon as you notice a problem, so do not hesitate to contact General Air to get your heating and air systems operating smoothly again in no time.