There’s no doubt that having access to air conditioning in the sweltering summer season as temperatures surge is a welcome thing. When it comes to enduring some of the hottest days of summer, flipping on the air conditioner for a few minutes (or hours) can bring a massive dose of relief. But as much as we love our air conditioners — and we do — there are actually some ways your air conditioner could be making you sick.
Just to be clear, your AC is probably doing a lot more good than harm: cooler temps help us sleep during the dog days of summer, and for those of us with allergies or asthma, an AC can help filter out some of those pesky particles. But at the same time, as a slew of recent articles has noted, keeping it artificially cool can have an impact on your health, from a fan's drying abilities to the possibility of spreading mold and dust around. As Mic reported, “poorly maintained units with dirt or grime could cause infection or illnesses," for one example — so make sure you're keeping that AC squeaky clean. Here are a few ways your AC could be making you sick, and how to deal with them.