Is your air conditioner making you sick?

Enduring the high summer temperatures is much easier if we have air conditioning at home. Abusing its use, however, leads to an increase in electricity consumption, in addition to detrimental effects on health. The use of air conditioning can cause problems, ranging from a simple cold to legionella.

On the one hand, these systems cause dryness in the environment, which can cause inflammation in the respiratory tract. According to experts, 20% of colds, laryngitis, pharyngitis or bronchitis are caused by improper use of air conditioning during the summer period. A risk that increases in the case of children and the elderly, as revealed by Dr. Olaia Bronte, pulmonologist and member of the Environment Department of SEPAR (Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery).

To avoid illness of these type, it is important to maintain a proper level of body hydration and to ensure that the smallest and the oldest drink water regularly.

The continued use of air conditioning can cause dust and germs to accumulate in the filters of the appliances, promoting the transmission of bacteria such as Legionella pneumophila, which can lead to severe pneumonia.

The cleaning of air conditioner filters and proper maintenance is therefore essential to prevent the transmission of bacteria.