Could your HVAC unit be making you sick?

on Wednesday, 20 September 2017. Posted in First Class HVAC Blog

Could your HVAC unit be making you sick?

Do you often feel sick, but the doctor can’t find anything wrong? Or do you suffer from dry skin that just won’t go away? Are your allergies going crazy for no reason?

Blame Your HVAC

You’re not crazy, and you’re not alone. Your HVAC system could be the culprit. HVAC units do not circulate clean, fresh air from outside as much as you think. In fact, more than likely, your HVAC unit is blowing the same air at you day after day. That air is continuously picking up dust, dander, pollen, and more. All of these air contaminants could be making you sick.

Symptoms to Watch For

Sometimes known as Sick Building Syndrome, your home or office HVAC unit could be giving you a variety of symptoms including:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Tightness in your chest
  • Dry skin
  • Dry/itchy eyes
  • Asthma
  • Clogged sinuses

How to Prevent It

So, now you know that these symptoms you’ve been feeling aren’t imaginary. You really are suffering from allergies even though typical allergy season is over. What can you do to prevent these symptoms?

Change Your Filters

The first, and easiest, thing you can do is clean or replace your filters. Your filters trap all sorts of hair, dust, and dander. These contaminants are constantly recycled through your HVAC system and back into the air you breathe.

Take the time to clean your filters with a simple vacuum cleaner or replace them altogether for only a couple bucks each. This can drastically change the quality of air in your home.

Turn the Temperature Up

When your home is too cold, it can negatively affect your health in a number of ways. For example, keeping the room too cold or too hot can dry your skin out. Dry air can also cause a number of sinus problems.

To fix this, consider altering the humidity in your home with a humidifier. A humidifier can keep your skin from drying out and prevent sinus problems. Consult an HVAC professional about adding a humidifier in your home.

Get Inspected for Mold

Many individuals are unknowingly allergic to mold. This allergy can cause a number of problems if your home has mold in your crawl space or plumbing.

Your HVAC could be circulating those mold spores and making you sick. The best solution is to have your home inspected for mold and solve the problem at the source.

Contact an HVAC Professional

Give your HVAC system a checkup by calling First Class HVAC 302-934-8900. One of our HVAC experts will ensure that your unit is working to peak performance. Don’t forget to ask about installing a humidifier or dehumidifier in your home.

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