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#WellnessWednesday – Is Your AC Making You Sick?

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Imaging working in a building or living in a home with no methods to keep cool in the peak of summer heat? Doesn’t sound too appealing. As much as we rely on our air conditioners, truth be told they may not always be the best for our health, and here’s why:

1. Breathing Problems
If your AC is not cleaned properly and the filters are not changed regularly it can easily create an environment for all sorts of mold and bacteria.Once this bacteria and microorganisms go airborne, they can lead to a variety of breathing problems and potentially fatal infectious pneumonia. To avoid this, make sure you clean your units regularly and change out your filters every few months.

2. Fatigue, Headaches & Feeling Ill
Many individuals find that after a day at work, they are more tired than normal, have headaches, or generally feel ill. Often times office buildings with central air are set at a cooler temperature – which doesn’t always agree with the body. Try raising the temperature slightly and make an effort to step outside a few times throughout the day to regulate your body temperature.

3.Contamination
Since central air conditioning circulates old air instead of bringing in new, fresh air you are more likely to be exposed to pollutants inside your home. Mold, dust and other airborne infections now have the opportunity to circulate through your living space, exposing any individuals that come in its path. Try letting in a slow “leak” from the outside – open up a window a crack to get in some fresh air.

4. Dry Skin
Cold and dry air can cause your skin to lose its moisture. Thus the longer you stay in an air conditioned environment, your skin (and hair) may face the consequences. A quick fix for this? Get a great moisturizer and apply daily!

While there are some steps you can take on your own to maintain your air conditioning system, it’s best to leave the tune-up process to one of our experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating. We’re the Pueblo, Colorado area heating and air conditioning tune-up specialists, offering upfront pricing and clean and courteous technicians.

Call and make an appointment that’s convenient for you today! 719-544-4922.

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