When you’re a parent, you also become a highly trained soldier of fortune with a license to kill any bacteria, mold, spore, fungus or pupae that could potentially cause a risk to your kids’ health. Your arsenal is a comprehensive supply of cleaning products, your aim is unimpeachable and your operate with deadly efficiency, scything down the malignant microbes wherever they should show themselves (well… not show themselves since they’re invisible, but you get what I mean). As such, your home is always spotlessly clean and your bathroom and kitchen are a symphony of hygiene. You’ve got the whole house on lockdown and should a single pathogen, by chance, happen to enter your home you’ll make sure that it’s short lived. But as diligently as we cleanse our surfaces, wash our hands and make sure that our food is cooked at the perfect temperature to kill of nasty infections like listeria and campylobacter, there’s one thing that you may have missed in your campaign of cleanliness…
The very air you breathe.
Harster Heating will tell you that how well or how poorly you maintain your AC system will play a huge role in the quality of the air in your home and how it could potentially damage your health and the health of your children. Many of us use AC in our homes but far fewer of us are aware of the role they can have in our general health. While there are air cleaners on the market which charge dirt particles and make them stick to conductive plates within the unit, these are often prohibitively expensive. Most of the time, keeping your AC system well maintained and clean with good quality HVAC filters is more than sufficient. But fail to do so and you may be playing roulette with your family’s health…
Mold, spores and fungi
Whether we like it or not, there are fungi growing all over surfaces that look perfectly clean, not to mention all over our skin. Most of these are perfectly benign and even instrumental to a healthy immune system. However, recirculated air and dislodge and disturb mold and fungi particles as well as potentially harmful spores and act as a magic carpet to deliver them into your lungs. A most common offender among these is black mold which can cause headaches, sneezing fits, runny eyes and in advanced cases can even cause bleeding inside the lungs and sinuses.
Failing to replace your filters or get your AC serviced can also lead to a buildup of bacteria within the system which can lead to the transmission of harmful infections through the air. The pneumonia bacteria, for example, can thrive in warm, moist AC units including Legionella pneumophila which results in Legionnaires disease. In most this results in shortness of breath, muscle pains, headaches, nausea and vomiting. However in the vulnerable members of your family like elderly relatives or very young children this infection can be more serious.
Studies have shown that people who spend most of their time in air conditioned environments spend more time seeing their doctor for ear, nose and throat conditions, respiratory problems and skin trouble. These can all be mitigated, however by ensuring that your AC is well maintained and spending a healthy amount of time indoors.