Can you get sick from mould in your home?

25 Sep 2019

There’s nothing more crucial to good health than the air you breathe. Creating a healthy environment for your family on a day-to-day basis helps with maintaining your family’s health. However, when the air that you breathe in your home is contaminated, your family’s health is at stake.

What is mould?

Mould is a fungi that commonly grow on organic matter and are often associated with decay. Mould thrives in a moist and humid environment. In your homes, air conditioners provide a perfect living condition for mould to grow. The process through which an air conditioner works relies on the air inside your home being sucked into the air conditioner unit.

Some people are sensitive to mould. A person may feel nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing, eye irritation and in some cases, skin irritation.

Dirty air conditioners can cause health issues

Every time you turn your dirty air conditioner unit on, it’s spreading mould spores and bacteria into the air and exposing you to potential serious health issues. Mould may make your family vulnerable to chronic illnesses as well.

The kind of mould that lurks in air conditioner units are not friendly unlike the mould that some cheese rely for flavour and texture. Mould spores grow inside the air conditioner unit and reproduce and then are released into the air.

Inhaling air contaminated with mould can inflame the airways that can cause nasal congestion, wheezing, and chest tightness. Moreover, prolonged exposure to contaminated air can reduce lung function and cause health problems like asthma.

Signs of mould in your air conditioner

Mould are microorganisms and signs of contamination may not be visible, however, one of the first signs that mould is present is a musty or funky smell when your air conditioner is functioning. If you and your family experience the mentioned symptoms of sickness above, have your air conditioned checked and cleaned by The Aircon Co to ensure that there is no mould hiding in the coil and barrel fan. Cleaning your filters is just not enough!

A healthy environment at home is so important and how clean your air conditioner is an important factor in the environment of your home.

Benefits of Inverter Air Conditioning

Inverter air conditioning is more expensive than non-inverter air conditioning, but with the deteriorating state of the energy system in South Africa, it is a worthy investment to consider.  The main difference is that an inverter air conditioning unit delivers a fixed amount of power using a fixed speed compressor. The speed of the compressor varies, so as to deliver the precise cooling or heating power required.

Benefits of inverter air conditioning

  • Up to 40% cheaper to run as it consumes less power
  • Reaches the desired temperature quicker
  • Startup time is reduced by 30%
  • Much quieter when running
  • No temperature fluctuations, therefor maximizing comfort level
  • No voltage peaks from the compressor
  • All Samsung inverter air conditioners are heat pumps which in itself is one of the most energy efficient form of heating.

How does inverter air conditioning work?

The amount of cooling or heating required by an air conditioner varies depending on the outdoor temperature and the amount of heat in the room. When cooling or heating capacity needs to be decreased, the compressor will operate at a high speed and will increase the amount of refrigerant flow.

When the inverter air conditioner is switched on, the compressor operates at a high speed in order to cool or heat the room quicker.

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