In Vero Beach, FL, we rely heavily on our central air conditioning systems to keep us comfortable during the hot and humid summers. Have you ever wondered why you may not feel so well when you’ve been inside for long periods? Here are some signs your air conditioner may be making you sick:

Breathing Problems

A dirty AC system can lead to many breathing problems. If you have a runny or stuffy nose that develops when you’re inside but goes away when you leave, this is a clear indication that your air conditioner’s filter is dirty.

Viruses and Cold Symptoms

If those breathing problems won’t go away and after a few days, you may have a full-blown cold or maybe even something worse like a sinus infection. Dirty AC systems harbor all sorts of places where bacteria, viruses and other undesirable particles can hide. What’s more, summer brings high humidity, which can cause these organisms to multiply.


Sinus issues can give way to lots of headaches. Summer air conditioning creates cold and humid interiors. Some systems are quite efficient at removing humidity, which could also lead to dehydration. Make sure you drink water throughout the day to alleviate frequent headaches.

Less Energy

Do you feel tired constantly in the summer? You could be staying inside too much. Your body will use additional energy to keep warm, so try to increase the temperature on the thermostat or take more frequent ventures outside. Staying active every day is the key to living a healthy lifestyle.

You can eliminate many indoor air problems by frequently changing your AC system’s filter and scheduling air conditioner maintenance. Contact Barker Air Conditioning and Heating for an appointment. We provide a variety of HVAC services that can help improve your indoor air quality.

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