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Can an AC Unit Cause Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

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Although we know it is wrong for both – our mental and our physical health, most people don’t go out as much as they should and tend to spend the bulk of their day and their free time indoors. And the worst part is – this goes on throughout the whole year, regardless of the season and the weather outside. And even though we can understand that it is much easier to stay at home and watch our favorite series than to go out and exercise, we at Chills Air Conditioning felt the need to talk about the effect that air conditioners can have on your air quality.

Now, before you go and turn off your air conditioning system (or worse, take it out for good), our Chills Air Conditioning team is here to help you deal with these issues in a professional and the most budget-friendly way.

Decreased Air Quality

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the indoor air quality is almost always poorer when compared to the air outside, regardless of the city you live in. The quality of air in your home may be lower and this can jeopardize your health, even if your house or building has a brand new air conditioner.

The main cause of AC carbon monoxide poisoning or other illnesses related to poor air quality is a malfunctioning/inefficient central AC system.

The research conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center suggests that heaters are the most responsible for the potential release of carbon monoxide into your home. Namely, it is all about the incomplete combustion of the fuels in a faulty central heating unit, which can lead to the release of the carbon monoxide in your home.  

AC Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The tricky thing about carbon monoxide is that it cannot be smelled or tasted, and since it can result in various illnesses and can even be deadly in some cases, making certain your heaters are working properly is paramount. Here are some of the most common early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • shortness of breath
  • headaches

Although the aforementioned symptoms may seem not too serious, there is a possibility that they could progress and turn into much more hazardous illnesses over time.

Other Symptoms and Illnesses You May Experience

AC carbon monoxide poisoning isn’t the only health hazard coming from a faulty air conditioning system. Even if your AC is working fine and isn’t emitting carbon monoxide, you must make sure all the other parts of your AC unit are properly and regularly maintained.

By this we mean:

  • Replacing the filters on a regular basis
  • Making sure there are no leaks in ducts
  • Making sure there is no mold and mites

The symptoms of these non-carbon-monoxide health issues may include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry nose
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Increase of allergies
  • Skin rashes

Should you experience any of the symptoms we mentioned in this article, you must call a trusted AC company in your area and eliminate the air pollution in your home by: replacing all the old and outdated units, ensuring your central air conditioner is working properly and keeping the air as clean and as safe as possible.

NOTE: Even when replacing old AC units with new and improved models, it is crucial to make sure the system is installed correctly by trained professionals, as even brand new units can contribute to poor air quality in your home if they are not installed properly.

If you have more questions related to AC Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and poor air quality in your home, or if you seek professional air conditioning services in Miami, feel free to contact Chills Air Conditioning!

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