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Can air conditioners make you sick?

Many people wonder if air conditioners can make you sick. This concern often stems from the perception that air conditioners harbour dust, dirt, and other particles that can have a negative effect on indoor air quality.

However, the reality is that a clean, well-maintained air conditioning system should not make you sick, and could actually provide health benefits.

Why do I feel sick after sleeping with the air conditioning on?

Have you ever woken up feeling under the weather after leaving your air conditioner running all night?

You’re not alone. Many people experience symptoms such as dry skin, throat, and mouth after prolonged exposure to air conditioning. These common symptoms can be attributed to several factors.

Low humidity

Air conditioners can sometimes reduce indoor humidity levels, especially in dry climates (including Australia), or when set to lower temperatures. Low humidity can lead to dryness of the skin, throat, and nasal passages, which can cause discomfort and irritation.

Body temperature

During sleep, our body’s core temperature naturally decreases as part of its natural circadian rhythm. This drop in core temperature helps facilitate the body’s transition into a restful state and is essential for achieving deep, quality sleep.

However, prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, such as those from an air conditioner running all night, can sometimes disrupt this delicate balance and leave us feeling unwell in the morning.

To avoid the dreaded dry throat and skin, we recommend maintaining a consistent temperature, rather than fluctuating between extremes, to help prevent discomfort and potential health issues.

Using timer functions on your air conditioner can prevent overexposure to cold temperatures during sleep, reducing the likelihood of waking up feeling unwell.

An air conditioning system that allows for precise temperature control in each room can help mitigate discomfort and potential health issues.

Will a split system air conditioning unit remove allergens from the air in my home?

Whilst it’s true that air conditioning systems can help improve indoor air quality to an extent, it’s important to understand their limitations when it comes to allergen removal.

Split system air conditioners primarily function by cooling and circulating air within a specific area of your home.
While they do have filters that can trap dust, pollen, and other airborne particles to some degree, these filters are not designed to capture all allergens present in the air.

Additionally, allergens such as pet dander, mould spores, and certain types of dust may be too small to be effectively captured by standard air conditioning filters.

While split system air conditioning machines can help improve indoor air quality to some extent, they should not be relied upon as the sole solution for allergen removal. It’s important to take additional measures, including some of our suggestions below.

Healthy habits for enjoying the perks of air conditioning at home

To ensure that your air conditioning system doesn’t contribute to any health issues, consider the following tips:

Cleaning filters

Regularly clean or replace air filters to prevent the accumulation of dust, dirt, and other allergens. Dripping water from the air conditioner could indicate a clogged or dirty filter that needs attention. Here are more reasons why your air conditioner may be leaking water.

Check for mould

Inspect your air conditioner regularly for any signs of mould or mildew growth. Mold can negatively impact indoor air quality and contribute to respiratory issues if left unchecked.

Keep indoor spaces clean 

Regularly cleaning and dusting your home will minimise the accumulation of allergens and pollutants in your air conditioning unit. Pay special attention to areas near air vents and ducts, where dust and debris can accumulate.

Ventilate your home

Periodically ventilate your home by opening windows and doors to allow fresh air to circulate. This helps remove indoor pollutants and refreshes the air inside your home. 

Use air purifiers

Consider using air purifiers with HEPA filters to further improve indoor air quality by capturing airborne particles, allergens, and pollutants.

Maintain humidity levels

Dry air can amplify respiratory issues and cause discomfort. Consider using a humidifier in conjunction with your air conditioner to maintain optimal indoor humidity levels, typically between 30-50 per cent.

By incorporating these additional tips into your routine at home, you can help ensure a healthier and more comfortable indoor environment for you and your family.

While air conditioners can sometimes contribute to discomfort or health issues, proper maintenance and usage can minimise these risks.

Are you concerned your old system is making you sick? Get i touch with us for a maintenance check.