I was one of those people who believe that air conditioning units must be well maintained lest they become disease breeding avenues.
After watching a friend of mine treat chronic respiratory complications without any relief until her HVAC unit was checked, I came to this conclusion.
While this happened years back, the lesson stuck with me for the longest time now. My friend’s issues started after she moved into the new house. Unknown to her, the old HVAC unit in the place was not properly maintained. The filters were accumulating a lot of dust and debris, making it challenging to sustain fresh air within the house. Every time I visited, I noticed that the air was either too musty or felt like there was too much dust. This would worsen every time she would switch on the air conditioner. It didn’t hit me back then that this was the problem since the environment was generally dusty. However, it became concerning when the sickness issue came in. The situation escalated with each passing week, and subsequent visits to the doctor made no difference. I asked her to have her HVAC technician look at her unit because she was unsure when the last professional fine-tuning was done. Surprisingly, the discovery was scary even for an amateur like herself. The filter was thoroughly clogged after years of accumulated dust. It appeared moldy and uncouth. Further checks also revealed that the vents and other components were also compromised. This affected the overall air quality that people using the unit were breathing. After a few significant touch ups on the unit, the persistent problems with respiratory illnesses came to an end.