Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Repair your Air Conditioning to Fight Airborne Bacteria

Bacteria are pretty amazing living beings; they make up most of the biodiversity on Earth, and yet we sometimes forget they exist. What's more is that they are so small that the airborne particulates, like pollen and dust, can contain bacteria and viruses. Obviously, one bacterium here or there isn't going to make you sick, but occasionally bacteria or viruses from someone else's cough or sneeze can transmit airborne illnesses.

Your Immune System Fights Your Battles

Many people assume that if they don't touch surfaces that are covered in bacteria, they are unlikely to be exposed to bacteria at all. In fact, your immune system is always working to catch and kill bacteria you are inhaling; it's usually not a problem because your immune system is strong enough to fight off the vast majority of bacteria. The issue comes when you are in a very particulate-laden air environment and when you also have a compromised immune system, like when you haven't slept enough or have recently had a cold. You are then more vulnerable to other airborne illnesses.

Results of Long-Term Exposure to Airborne Bacteria

The biggest result of these exposures is more infectious disease, but some other effects have been observed from airborne bacteria, viruses, and particulates. In fact, a study in the Annals of Occupational Hygiene found that bio-aerosols found in workplaces of recycling, food, and biotechnology can sometimes impact allergies and, depending on the material can also have some toxic effects. The impacts are hard to measure, but there is some evidence that it is a good idea to limit your exposure to unknown bacteria, viruses, and particulates when possible; the point of the research is not to generate worry but definitely is something to consider and bring up with your workplace if you are in a high-particulate area for long amounts of time.

Reducing Exposure to Airborne Bacteria

Take a serious look at your home environment: how is the ventilation? Does air circulate, ensuring that particulates released and dust generated will quickly be dispersed outdoors? It is essential to evaluate if the particulates in the air are affecting you. Has it been too long since you had your air conditioning serviced or your filter checked?

If you are concerned about the air quality in your home, contact us at J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling; a healthy air conditioning system is the first step to reducing airborne bacteria and promoting healthy, clean, cool air.

JR Perkins Heating & Cooling is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley, servicing Phoenix, specifically Scottsdale, AZ. To learn more, please visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com or call (480) 422-4437.