Stop Your Air Conditioning from Causing Flu-like Sickness

When you happen to be sharing a room that has an air conditioner system with an individual who sneezes, it usually scares you that you might catch the flu from him/her. However, this individual may be experiencing air conditioning sickness – flu-like symptoms that are a result of staying in a room with poorly maintained air conditioning system.

These are the flu-like symptoms of air conditioning sickness that you may experience:

  • Headaches
  • Sneezing
  • Chilly feverish feeling
  • Colds

These symptoms mostly results from:

  • Particles trapped in the aircon’s filters
  • Allergy-causing dust

4 Simple Steps to Stop Your Aircon from Giving You Air Conditioning Sickness

Air Conditioning Sickness

1. Set the thermostat on your aircon at just the right temperature

When the outdoor temperature significantly increases, many people assume that staying inside a room that is 18°C cold would be rewarding. Well, not quite.

As a matter of fact, this aircon-trigger-happy tendency also happens when people check in hotel rooms. There is a mentality that since they would not be covering the electric cost, they can leave the air conditioner running even if they would be away from their rooms for a long time. Unfortunately, the room ends up being too cold for comfort.

Adjusting your air conditioner’s thermostat to the right room temperature (not too cold and not too warm) will keep you comfortable. Don’t forget that you need an aircon to cool you off comfortably against the heat, not to make you feel like you live in the North Pole. Adjust the thermostat on your aircon to just the right temperature to avoid sneezes, headaches, and colds.


2. Clean your air filter

Dirty air filters can cause allergies when the following collect:

  • Mold
  • Dust
  • Other harmful particles

If you suffer from asthma, a dirty air filter can trigger an attack. Avoid polluting your indoor air with a dirty air filter. Remember, to regularly clean and service your air conditioning system


3. Fix leaks in your aircon

Water leaking from your aircon can facilitate the growth of:

  • Disease causing micro-organisms
  • Harmful Germs
  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Molds

Immediately repair leaks in your aircon once you notice them to avoid the spread of these harmful disease carriers. Additionally, repairing leaks on your aircon will help prevent:

  • Further damage to the unit
  • Poor cooling or no cooling at all
  • Spike in your energy bills


4. Determine the cause of poor air flow

Trapped dust in the air vent of your air conditioning system accounts to poor ventilation, stale and stagnant air inside an air conditioned room. Nonetheless, airborne bacteria and viruses circulate and can affect many people. Check and remove objects that block air vents to ensure it functions properly. Furthermore, objects trapped in the air vents can result in poor air flow; this means the quality of indoor air may be significantly affected.

Always have your air conditioning system serviced and maintained regularly to detect any problems that can prevent your system from functioning well to ensure it does not become a breeding ground for bacteria and germs.