Last summer, I was always sick and missed a ton of work. I suffered from dire headaches, nausea, congestion, sore throat, and constant sneezing. Since I’ve never had trouble with flu symptoms before, I couldn’t figure out what was causing my symptoms. I went to the doctor, tried prescription medicine, over-the-counter possibilities and even natural remedies. Nothing made a difference. I finally started feeling better when the weather changed. The cooler temperatures allowed myself and others to open the windows and bring in some fresh air. That’s when I realized my cooling system was the problem. I arranged an appointment with a local Heating and Air Conditioning professional, who took the plan apart and found an horrifying buildup of contaminants. There was mold flourishing on the cooling coil, algae clogging the condensate drain, and dust obstructing airflow through the system. Every time the cooling system started up, bacteria and pollutants were spread throughout the home, and I was breathing them in. Along with degraded air quality, the accumulation within the inner really workings was causing higher utility bills and diminished comfort. The lack of airflow forced the cooling system to run longer and work harder to meet thermostat settings, putting more wear and tear on components. I’m fortunate that the cooling system didn’t suddenly malfunction and cost myself and others a fortune in repairs. The professional cleaning didn’t take all that long and wasn’t overly extravagant, yet made a immense improvement in the cooling system’s performance. I signed up for a preventative maintenance system with the Heating and Air Conditioning contractor, to avoid this type of problem in the future. The serviceman will return every Springtime to complete a full cleaning and tuning on the cooling system.