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Health and air conditioners: why good maintenance is essential

Salute e climatizzatori: perché una buona manutenzione è essenziale

Air conditioner maintenance, often overlooked, is a fundamental habit to protect the health and well-being of those who live or work in air-conditioned environments. An untreated air conditioner can cause health problems, ranging from respiratory irritation to serious infections. 

In this article, we explore the main health risks associated with lack of or incorrect maintenance of air conditioners and how to prevent them.

1. Accumulation of dust and allergens

One of the most common problems related to poor maintenance of air conditioners is the accumulation of dust and allergens in the filters. When filters are dirty, the air that circulates may contain more harmful particles, including pollen, dust mites and animal dander. This can cause allergies, asthma, eye, nose and throat irritation

2. Molds and fungi

The humidity that accumulates in air conditioners can create an ideal environment for the growth of mold and fungi. These microorganisms can become airborne and inhaled, causing respiratory infections, sinusitis and the aggravation of pre-existing conditions such as asthma.

3. Legionella

Legionella is a bacterium that thrives in humid, warm environments, such as poorly maintained air conditioning systems. This bacterium can cause legionellosis, a serious lung infection. Common symptoms include high fever, cough, difficulty breathing, pneumonia.

4. Sick Building Syndrome

Poorly maintained air conditioned environments can contribute to so-called "sick building syndrome," a collection of symptoms that include headaches, nausea, fatigue and skin irritation.

These symptoms are often caused by poor indoor air quality, due to the presence of biological and chemical contaminants.

5. Indoor air pollution

Lack of maintenance can lead to the accumulation of pollutants within the air conditioning system. In addition to dust and mold, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from building materials, furniture and cleaning products can accumulate. These can cause breathing problems, headaches, dizziness, flu-like symptoms.

6. Reduced efficiency and increased energy consumption

A dirty air conditioner does not work efficiently and requires more energy to cool the rooms. This not only increases energy bills, but can also overload the system, leading to breakdowns and costly repairs or replacements.

How to prevent risks

Regular cleaning of the filters

Air filters should be cleaned or replaced regularly, ideally every month during periods of heavy use.

Periodic sanitization

Carry out a complete sanitization of the internal and external unit at least 2-3 times a year to prevent the formation of mold and bacteria.

Technical checks

Schedule periodic checks by specialized technicians to verify the correct functioning of the system and the cleanliness of the internal components.

Humidity monitoring . 

Use dehumidifiers or adjust the humidity level of the room to prevent condensation from forming inside the air conditioning system.

Adequate ventilation

Make sure there is good ventilation in air-conditioned rooms to improve indoor air quality.

Specific cleaning products: the Climasan treatment by Camp

To ensure optimal cleaning and maintenance, it is important to use specific products. Camp's Climasan treatment is the ideal solution for the care and hygiene of air conditioners. This treatment includes two products.

Climasan Air conditioner cleaner : perfect for cleaning the air filters, the finned heat exchange coil, the components of the internal and external units. It eliminates dust and allergens and guarantees deep and complete cleaning. 

Climasan Sanitizer for air conditioners : thoroughly sanitizes the system, removes germs and bacteria and eliminates bad odors, improving air quality.

Importance of maintenance of vehicle air conditioners

As well as at home and in the office, it is important to sanitize vehicle air conditioners to ensure a healthy environment when traveling and avoid health risks. 

For effective sanitization, we recommend using Climasan One Shot, a specific product for cleaning and sanitizing vehicle air conditioners. More information about the product is available here.

Investing time and resources in cleaning and regularly maintaining your air conditioning systems can prevent serious health problems and ensure a safer environment. Don't neglect your health: take the maintenance of your air conditioners seriously. 

Find out how to get the best results with Climasan

Sanitizer in alcoholic solution which guarantees effective and long-lasting sanitization of air conditioning and air systems. Purifies the air and eliminates bad odors, releasing a fresh scent.

Innovative detergent specific for the cleaning and hygiene of air conditioning systems. It keeps the efficiency and hygiene characteristics of all types of systems unchanged over time.

Single-dose sanitizing treatment for air conditioning systems, in cylinder with one-shot system with total emptying. In just a few minutes, it thoroughly sanitizes the systems, purifies the air and releases a pleasant scent.

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