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Can My HVAC System Make Me Sick?

The sweltering Kentucky summers have certainly made us all say a quiet prayer of thanks for air conditioning on more than one occasion over the years. Inevitably, at one time or another, you’ve also had one of those annoying “summer colds”—commonly thought to have been brought on by the change in weather.

But have you ever considered that the cause of your cold- and flu-like symptoms could be caused by something else—like poor indoor air quality? While your HVAC system doesn’t make your air dirty, it can spread dirty air throughout your home. Your family has to breathe the air inside your home every day, so it’s important to take this into consideration.

Is Your HVAC System Making You Feel Sick?

So now you’re probably wondering “Can my HVAC system really make me sick?” Well… yes and no. While your heating and air conditioning system isn’t the culprit for your ailments, it could be contributing to the situation if you’re not taking steps to improve your home’s air quality. Here’s what you should know about the potential side effects your HVAC system may be having on your health and what you can do to prevent them.

Potential Problems Caused by Poor Air Quality

There are a variety of ways your dirty air could be affecting your health. Potential side effects of poor indoor air quality while operating your HVAC system include:

  • Aggravated respiratory issues including asthma and allergies
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Cold- and flu-like symptoms including congestion and stuffy head feelings
  • Dry, irritated skin and nasal passages
  • Increased blood pressure

Failing to improve the quality of your indoor air while continuing to operate your HVAC system could potentially aggravate certain health conditions including allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues. HVAC system operation under these conditions can also spread airborne viruses throughout your home. So, what steps can you take to better protect the health of you and your family?

Simple Steps You Can Take to Reduce Potential Health Risks in Your Home

APCO UV Light installed by ArroncoOne of the most important (and easiest) steps you can take to prevent potential side effects and improve the quality of your indoor air is replacing the air filters in your system regularly. It’s important to choose a high-quality HVAC filter to remove the most pollutants and contaminants from the air as possible.

It’s also important to schedule regular preventative maintenance for your HVAC system with a certified professional. These professional services are a great way to monitor the efficiency and performance of your HVAC system. Your HVAC contractor can also help you choose the right air purifying system enhancement for your home to help further improve your indoor air quality and prevent potential health issues.

Call Arronco for HVAC Services in Northern Kentucky

We understand the importance of providing unsurpassed workmanship using high-quality products and state-of-the-art technology for every customer to ensure personalized services for a truly unique experience. Arronco’s team of experts can handle all your residential and commercial HVAC, plumbing, and geothermal needs in Northern Kentucky.

If you have questions about the quality of your indoor air, schedule your services online or give us a call to see how we can help!

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