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Air Conditioner Health Hazards

Written by Krishna Bora, B.Sc. (Microbiology) | Medically Reviewed by dr. simi paknikar, MD on Jun 18, 2014
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Air conditioners should be regularly maintained to prevent being a health hazard.

Air Conditioner Health Hazards

Air conditioners are a basic necessity in every household today. With global warming increasing the temperatures every month, it is not easy to stay indoors without a perfect cooling system. An air conditioner is a major home appliance today across the world to change the temperature and humidity levels inside a room. But if not taken care, it can pose serious health issues in people of all age groups. It is important to know about these issues and act accordingly before it is too late.

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If we look at the positive side, air conditioners are actually beneficial for people who suffer from conditions like heat stroke. They filter dust and pollen from the air with the help of filtration, humidification, cooling and disinfection, and provide us cleaner and safer air to breathe. Hence, they are beneficial for the asthma and dust allergy patients. However, if the air conditioner is ill-maintained, it can pose health problems to similar patients. An unclean filter harbors pollen and dust over time and can harm patients as well as healthy people

The only way to prevent such health issues is to regularly check and clean the air conditioners. It is necessary to check the run-time, foul odor or water leakage from the air conditioner. It is a must to change the filter of the air conditioner after every few months. It is necessary to keep the use of air conditioner under control and moderation to save ourselves from health hazards.

References:

  1. Air Conditioners and Health Issues - (http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/32391/home_improvement/ air_conditioners_and_health_issues.html)
  2. The Hidden Hazards Of Air Conditioners - (http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Hidden-Hazards-Of-Air-Conditioners&id=266708)
  3. Mold Classes & Classes of Mold-Related Illness - (http://www.inspectapedia.com/sickhouse/moldclasses.htm)
  4. Problems Caused by a Dirty Air Conditioner Filter - (http://www.ehow.com/facts_7653739_ac-air-filter-dirty.html)
  5. How to Remove Smells From Your Air Conditioner - (http://www.doityourself.com/stry/how-to-remove-smells-from-your-air-conditioner)

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alex17pat

Turning on the AC in the car as as soon as you enter can cause cancer as benzene gets accumulated..Please do not turn on the A/C as soon as you enter the car. Open the windows after you enter your car for few minutes and then turn on the AC after a couple of minutes.

greensandal

air conditioners that uses new technology and are becoming advanced day by day.To ensure proper working and make best use of it we should check it periodically

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