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Is Your HVAC System Making You Sick?

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“Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.” What if that feeling that it is giving you is feeling more like allergies or a cold, rather than that big hug from your family?  What if your sanctuary is part of what’s causing you to feel sick all the time?    


Your HVAC system can cause more harm than good and here at ACHV Services, we are here to help address these illness-causing systems and get your home back to the haven you need to thrive.  


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Understanding the Connection Between HVAC Systems and Your Health 


Chances are, you’ve heard the term HVAC, but may not fully understand what it means or the role it plays in your home. In simple terms, HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. It’s the system responsible for maintaining comfortable temperatures and good air quality in your home. Have you ever considered that your HVAC system could potentially be making you sick or causing unexplained health issues?  


A well-maintained HVAC system won’t make you sick. On the contrary, it should help maintain a healthy indoor environment by regulating temperature and humidity levels, filtering out pollutants, and ensuring proper ventilation. However, an HVAC system that is not properly maintained can contribute to various health issues. 


This is a problem that homeowners and renters can experience from time to time, and it is crucial that you know the steps to take to prevent and fix the issue at hand. 


What are the Signs that Your HVAC System is Making You Sick?  


Before we delve into the details, let’s first identify the symptoms that might indicate your HVAC system is the culprit behind your health issues.  


You might be wondering how exactly an HVAC system can contribute to health problems. The answer lies in the air quality in your home. 



If you or any other members of your household are suddenly experiencing these symptoms, it might be time to inspect your HVAC system:  


  • Persistent headaches 
  • Constant fatigue 
  • Respiratory problems 
  • Allergic reactions 
  • Unexplained skin irritations 


How Can Your HVAC System Make You Sick?  


Did you know that, according to the American College of Allergists, nearly 50% of illnesses are caused by unclean indoor air? This means that the air you are inhaling day after day can actually be causing your family to experience cold-like symptoms.  


Here are some of the ways your HVAC system can affect how you are feeling:  


  • Dust and Allergens: If not properly maintained, your HVAC system can circulate dust and allergens throughout your home. This can exacerbate allergies and respiratory conditions like asthma. 


  • Chemicals: Certain chemicals used in HVAC systems, like refrigerants, can be harmful if they leak into your home’s air. 


  • Mold: HVAC systems can create the perfect environment for mold growth, especially if there is any leakage or high humidity. Exposure to mold can lead to serious health risks. 




Preventing Your HVAC from Making You Sick  


No one wants to live in a house that’s making them sick. Luckily, there are several steps you can take to ensure the air quality in your home is safe. 


  • Regularly clean and replace your HVAC filters. 
  • Have your HVAC system regularly inspected and maintained by a professional. 
  • Keep humidity levels in check to prevent mold growth. 
  • Make sure your home is well-ventilated. 
  • Use air purifiers to further improve indoor air quality. 


While a poorly maintained HVAC system can potentially make you sick, you can prevent these health issues by taking proper care of your HVAC system and keeping an eye out for any signs of trouble.  


Call our experts at ACHV Services (727) 453-2432 or (813) 917-2982  to get your family’s health back under control if your HVAC is causing them harm. 


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