Neglecting AC maintenance is not a healthy option

(Consumer Reports) – Air conditioners are a godsend during those hot and humid days of summer. But could the same appliance that cools you down also make you sick? Consumer Reports reveals that from dust to mold, ACs can spread a lot more than just cool air.

Consumer Reports says make sure you keep your air conditioning units in good order. (Inga Munsinger Cotton/CC By 2.0/MGN)

If you don’t have central air conditioning, then you know the drill: haul your heavy, awkward window air conditioner out of storage for the summer season. But, it could be harboring mold and other irritants.

“Without proper care and maintenance mold can actually grow on the inside which has the potential to lead to health problems like wheezing, congestion and throat irritation,” Paul Hope, Consumer Reports home editor, said.

Examine your air conditioner and be on the lookout for clusters of tiny black spots along the air duct.

“Cleaning the louvers is a good first step BUT if you see mold on them there’s a good chance that there’s more hiding inside the air conditioner. If that’s the case, you really want to consider buying a new one,” Hope explained.

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