In many ways, your car is your safe haven. It gets you exactly where you want to go, keeps you dry during a downpour cool in the heat, and toasty warm in the wintry weather. But experts say your car is also a breeding ground for bacteria and other health hazards. Here’s more about the potential dangers you’re expressed to in the driver’s seat and what you can do to protect it.
Your car may be harboring mega amounts of harmful mould, thanks to a faulty air conditioning system. High amounts of mould may trigger headaches, nausea and in some cases, asthma.
Odd smells coming from the air conditioning may be caused by bacterial build-ups.
As your car becomes older, or when the air conditioning system is used infrequently, bacteria, micro-organisms, mould and fungi may start growing just behind the door panel on the evaporator causing some very unpleasant odors. Some even claim this can result in headaches and flu like symptoms sometimes referred to as “sick car syndrome”.
You wash it, wax it, vacuum up the crumbs and wipe off the muddy shoe print. But no matter how clean you keep your car, there may still be bacteria and fungi lingering in its air conditioning system, putting you and your family at risk for potential health problems.
This problem can be solved by servicing the AC system that destroys the bacteria growth and leaves your car smelling fresh again.
First do a quick scent check to determine if you’ve got a mould problem. Smell something funky, like a mix of mildew or dirty socks? Then it’s time to do damage control. Call your car AC mechanic to have our AC system checked out (and, if necessary serviced).
If your car does not feel cold enough, then you may need to recharge your system. Running your car air conditioning year round will help maintain the system.
Finally, have your air conditioning serviced regularly, even if there are no visible problems.
Just as the other systems of your car need servicing on a regular basis, the same is true for the air conditioning system. The compressor needs oil or else it will seize up. The filter collects debris and moisture. If the filter becomes blocked, then the performance of the system will deteriorate and it can even quit working entirely (Probably when you need it most).