“Don’t sit too close to the air conditioning or else you’ll catch a cold!” Sound familiar? One of the longest running myths is that air conditioning can make someone sick. However, a column in New York Magazine titled “Ask a Best Doctor: Does My Air Conditioner or Radiator Make Me Sick?” states that this is simply not true.
THE DOCTOR’S WORD ABOUT AIR CONDITIONING
According to Andrew Blitzer, Director of the New York Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders, the average number of reported illnesses in buildings with air conditioning is no greater than the average number reported in buildings without it. In fact, there is reason to believe that quality air conditioners not only keep you cool, but can also remove potentially harmful allergens and pollutants. Air conditioners also decrease the humidity, which increases your indoor comfort.
THE REAL CULPRIT
Blitzer cautions that while air conditioning has not been shown to increase sickness, it is extremely important to ensure that your air conditioning filter is clean. Most air conditioning units have a light that will come on to indicate that your filter needs to be changed. If the filter is not cleaned, your air conditioner may develop mold which can then circulate throughout your home. Could mold be the true culprit behind the myth that air conditioners make people sick? Regardless, it is better to play it safe and have your unit serviced regularly.
Plan ahead and stay cool this summer!
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