How a Dirty Air Conditioner can Impact Your Health

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22 November 2022 12:04 WIB

TEMPO.CO, JakartaA dirty air conditioner (AC) is very dangerous for the occupants of the room.

It can cause pollution and become a nest of various germs, fungi and even diseases. The fungi that are found in air conditioners, if spread, can cause respiratory infections.

According to Tony Stephens Refrigeration website, dirty air conditioners can cause throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, and nasal congestion. If experiencing any of these symptoms, it might be time to have the AC filter checked.

How can an AC get dirty?

The air conditioner needs to draw air from the room so it could make the cold temperature. Dirt that has accumulated in the room can also be entangled in the air conditioner and attached to the air filter.

When the air filter is clogged, the air conditioner will lose its cooling capacity and will freeze which causes the engine to operate very loudly, indicating the AC can be dangerous for health.

Here are the risks that a dirty AC can cause:

1. Allergies

Things that can trigger allergies include plant pollen, dust, and other substances in the air. If the house has poor air quality, there will be more allergens.

2. Fungal and Bacterial Infections

Toxins are released into the air of the room by mold spores which are invisible to the naked eye. Bacteria can accumulate in the ear canal and other sensitive areas of the body, where they can cause serious irritation and even lead to bleeding. In addition to respiratory problems, mold can cause allergic reactions and depression.

3. Easily Tired

The air filter can get clogged with dust and dirt which cause breathing to become tiring. This is because the nose and lungs have to work harder to breathe clean air.

4. Skin Problems

Small fungi from air conditioners floating in the air can cause skin diseases such as eczema, rashes, and itching.

MELINDA KUSUMA NINGRUM | IMAJI LASAHIDO (INTERN)

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