Hot temperatures and rain are turning air conditioners into potential breeding grounds for bacteria. What’s growing inside your air conditioner may be making you sick. It’s a small bacteria and often times people don’t know it’s there until it’s too late. It’s called legionnaires disease or pontiac fever, and it comes from inhaling bacteria that is often found in air conditioner units. The Center for Disease Control says it impacts your respiratory system. Symptoms include headaches, muscle aches, fever, chills, and in serious cases death. The best way to prevent the bacteria is to use good filters and to clean air conditioning units. If necessary, there are ultraviolet devices that are designed to help kill the bacteria.
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