Last summer, I was always sick and missed a ton of work. I suffered from severe headaches, nausea, congestion, sore throat, and constant sneezing. Since I’ve never had trouble with allergies before, I couldn’t figure out what was causing our symptoms. I went to the dentist, tried prescription medicine, over-the-counter options 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 our a/c was the problem. I arranged an appointment with a local HVAC professional, who took the method apart and found an spine-chilling 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 a/c 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 finally workings was causing higher energy bills and diminished comfort. The lack of airflow forced the a/c to run longer and task harder to meet control unit settings, putting more wear and tear on components. I’m fortunate that the a/c didn’t abruptly malfunction and cost myself and others a fortune in repairs. The professional cleaning didn’t take all that long and wasn’t overly luxurious, yet made a big improvement in the cooling system’s performance. I signed up for a preventative maintenance method with the HVAC contractor, to avoid this type of concern in the future. The professional will return every Spring to complete a full cleaning and tuning on the a/c.