Can you get sick from mould in your home?
25 Sep 2019
There’s nothing more crucial to good health than the air you breathe. Creating a healthy environment for your family on a day-to-day basis helps with maintaining your family’s health. However, when the air that you breathe in your home is contaminated, your family’s health is at stake.
What is mould?
Mould is a fungi that commonly grow on organic matter and are often associated with decay. Mould thrives in a moist and humid environment. In your homes, air conditioners provide a perfect living condition for mould to grow. The process through which an air conditioner works relies on the air inside your home being sucked into the air conditioner unit.
Some people are sensitive to mould. A person may feel nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing, eye irritation and in some cases, skin irritation.
Dirty air conditioners can cause health issues
Every time you turn your dirty air conditioner unit on, it’s spreading mould spores and bacteria into the air and exposing you to potential serious health issues. Mould may make your family vulnerable to chronic illnesses as well.
The kind of mould that lurks in air conditioner units are not friendly unlike the mould that some cheese rely for flavour and texture. Mould spores grow inside the air conditioner unit and reproduce and then are released into the air.
Inhaling air contaminated with mould can inflame the airways that can cause nasal congestion, wheezing, and chest tightness. Moreover, prolonged exposure to contaminated air can reduce lung function and cause health problems like asthma.
Signs of mould in your air conditioner
Mould are microorganisms and signs of contamination may not be visible, however, one of the first signs that mould is present is a musty or funky smell when your air conditioner is functioning. If you and your family experience the mentioned symptoms of sickness above, have your air conditioned checked and cleaned by The Aircon Co to ensure that there is no mould hiding in the coil and barrel fan. Cleaning your filters is just not enough!
A healthy environment at home is so important and how clean your air conditioner is an important factor in the environment of your home.