Everyone knows that air conditioners are essential to living in warm to hot climates. Without an air conditioning system in the home, homeowners would be subject to extreme temperatures and health problems. This is why most homeowners have some type of air conditioning system in their home. However despite the aspects of cooling an air conditioner gives off, the unit also affects ones health. An air conditioner can affect everyone in the household in both negative and positive ways.
1. Respiratory Problems
One negative to air conditioning systems is respiratory problems. Central units can create condensation inside the unit which can fall in the drain pan and eventually grow mold and other micro organisms. These growths can then be spread throughout the home by the ventilation system and will affect those who suffer from respiratory illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis.
Disease can also be spread through an air conditioning system but is not as likely as mold spores. If a disease is found in the water of a unit, it can spread throughout the home, infecting those who live inside.
3. Air Contamination
The indoor air can become contaminated by a central air unit and affect the ones who live inside. Indoor pollutants such as mildew, mold, bacteria, viruses and others can be spread indoors and the Environmental Protection Agency has found that many times, indoor air is more polluted than outside air.
1. Filtering System
Despite the negatives, there are also positives as well. Central air units have a great filtering system which will take the harmful dust and allergens from the air and trap them so they cannot move throughout the air you breathe. Special filters have been designed for different needs such as allergies and asthma.
2. Multi Purpose
Another positive of central systems is that they not only offer cooling options but they can heat the home as well. A central system can keep you comfortable year round and are very easy to use.
3. Exact Temperature Settings
With a central unit, you have the ability to adjust the exact temperature setting. With other options, such as window units, you can set the comfort level but not to an exact degree. This is a great option and with programmable thermostats available, you can preset temperatures for the night time hours, vacation time and when you are away at work to save a great deal of money as well as energy.