In the summertime, air conditioners are like a breath of fresh air during the hot and humid dog days of the season. Fresh air isn’t necessarily all you are getting from your window A/C unit. Your air conditioner could be harboring mold and other allergens and irritants.
Without proper care and maintenance throughout the year, mold can grow on the inside of your unit. Mold has been known to further irritate people who already have issues with allergies and asthma. It can also cause other respiratory problems like wheezing, congestion, and throat irritation.
What Dangers to Look For
An unhealthy window A/C unit will have clusters of tiny black spots along the air duct. This is mold. Begin by cleaning it. You should be aware that there’s likely more hiding inside the air conditioner and you may want to consider buying a new unit.
Make Sure Your Unit is Installed Properly
Your window unit should be is slightly tilted to the outside so condensation and water from the rain won’t leak inside your home and further add to the growing mold.
Make sure side panels are snugly fit into the window frame. This will save energy and keep allergens on the outside.
Consumer Reports also recommends changing the filters in your A/C at the start of the season and then on a monthly basis thereafter. In doing so, not only will your unit run more efficiently, you will have cooler, cleaner, healthier air circulating throughout the rooms of your home.
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