Whether it's mold or extreme cold, the HVAC system in your home or workplace may cause major symptoms such as respiratory problems, dry, cracked skin, a runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, headaches, and exhaustion. If you have a heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) system that is more than 10 years old, it may be time for a replacement. Older systems are less efficient and can lead to higher energy bills. Also, they may contain substances such as formaldehyde or other chemicals that can cause health problems if they are released into the environment.
Modern HVAC systems use technology that is not available in older models. For example, ground-coupled heat pumps use geothermal heat from deep within the earth's surface instead of using electricity to heat and cool your home. They are more environmentally friendly than traditional heat pumps because they don't emit carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases during their operation.
If you have an older system, consider replacing it with a modern model. The replacement will then become obsolete when advances in technology allow for further improvements down the road. But even with a new system, there are things you can do to make it more efficient and avoid causing environmental damage in the process.
Mold in your house, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can produce symptoms such as throat discomfort, wheezing, and congestion. According to Mark Mendell, Ph. D., living with a moldy air conditioner "increases your chances of getting a respiratory illness." He notes that people with preexisting conditions such as asthma or heart disease may have more severe reactions. The CDC recommends calling a remediation company to remove the source of the moisture and prevent further contamination.
If you are experiencing symptoms after visiting with a friend or family member who had contact with a moldy environment, it's important to seek medical attention if you feel ill. Doctors will be able to diagnose your condition and determine the best course of treatment for you. In addition, they can advise you on how to avoid spreading any illnesses to others.
Symptoms of exposure to mold include but are not limited to: cough, shortness of breath, chest tightness, eye irritation, sneezing, headache, fatigue, loss of taste, loss of smell, memory problems.
In conclusion, yes, you can get sick from a moldy air conditioner. It is important to take action quickly when you notice signs of mold growth in your home. Contact a professional immediately so they can identify the source of the moisture and prevent further contamination.
If you live or work near an old and moldy air conditioner, you are more likely to have a respiratory illness. Mold has been linked to symptoms such as throat discomfort, wheezing, and congestion. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is essential to inspect your environment for mold. Air conditioning units can become sources of mold if they aren't maintained properly. For example, an old unit may have leaky ductwork or be located in a damp area. The moisture in the air can then find its way into the unit where it becomes trapped between seasons.
If you don't take action to clean out your old AC, bacteria and other organisms will have free access to it whenever you turn on your unit. This will put you at risk for contracting illnesses such as bronchitis, pneumonia, and sinus infections. It is important to have your AC inspected by a professional annually to ensure that no parts need to be replaced.
If you do own an old unit and would like to learn how to clean it, please refer to our article on that topic: How To Clean Your Old AC. There are many websites with information about cleaning your unit; we provide a link to one below.
Eye, nose, and throat irritation; respiratory issues; skin irritation; nausea; dizziness; and exhaustion are all signs of mold exposure or sick building syndrome. Notify your human resources department and/or office manager if you see any of these signs. Treat the affected areas with cleaning products that do not contain bleach, for example, soap and water or one of our commercial green cleaners.
In addition to being irritants themselves, old paint fumes, carpets, furniture, paper, plastic, and other materials in buildings can become sources of air pollution when they break down chemically. Items like this will usually have a life expectancy of only a few years. You should replace them if they are very old.
If you work in an environment where you are exposed to chemicals, wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when doing tasks such as cleaning or fixing objects that contain or produce those chemicals. PPE includes safety shoes, gloves, and protective clothing.
Staying hydrated is important to keep body functions working properly. Soaking your feet in a bucket of hot water after a long day on footboards can help relieve pain and swelling from corns and calluses.
It's also important to stay cool, so try adding some ice to your bucket of hot water.