WARNING! You Air Conditioner Releases Dangerous Bacteria That Endanger Your Respiratory Tract!
Although they have become an essential part of our household, especially in the hot summer days, air conditioners contain fungi and dust which can cause many serious diseases.
If your unit is of the highest quality and well maintained, it will work great in the hot summer days. Besides chilling the air, a quality air conditioner can also reduce the humidity and eliminate unwanted smells. However, air conditioners can be very dangerous if improperly used and poorly maintained.
The difference between the inside and outside temperature shouldn’t be bigger than five or six degrees, and air conditioner units should be cleaned and disinfected at least twice a year. This should be done because dirt, fungi and bacteria gather in the whole unit, not just the filters.
Sick building syndrome
Air conditioners mostly cause respiratory tract problems such as lung infections and bronchitis, as well as irritation in your eyes, nose and throat. They can also cause headaches, fatigue and inability to focus. All of these symptoms can be grouped under the term “sick building syndrome”.
The most dangerous bacteria in air conditioners is legionella, the main cause of Legionnaires’ disease. It’s a lung inflammation which develops between 2 and 10 days after inhaling the bacteria. It starts with overall weakness, headaches and increased body temperature, but diarrhea and dry cough are later expected.
People suffering from chronic diseases are more exposed to the risk of Legionnaires’ disease, as well as people suffering from weak immune system, smokers and alcoholics. In order to avoid it, always hire certified air conditioner repairmen, although cleaning the filters at home twice a month is recommended.
Poorly maintained air conditioner units can be fertile ground for bacteria, fungi, dust and dirt, which can cause further problems in people suffering from asthma and allergies.
The temperature difference should not be bigger than eight degrees
You should pay special attention to the air conditioners and their temperature setting in your kids’ rooms because cold air can easily cause ear infections in children. If the temperature in the room is too low, your body can experience a temperature shock when you go out, which is especially dangerous for children and older people. A difference bigger than eight degrees between the outside and inside temperature can overload your blood vessels and heart.
Running nose, cough and other flu-like symptoms are expected when the inside temperature is too low. If you’re suffering from chronic pain in your bones and ankles, sitting in air conditioned rooms can worsen your condition. The dry air dehydrates the skin, causing further problems to people suffering from eczema and other skin diseases.