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This is for those of you that rent out rooms!

Something to think about.....

 

How particular are you in regards to making sure that the air filters in the rooms are cleaned regularly.

Lot's of sickness can be prevented if the air filters are clean, especially now with so much flu germs about!

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i'm not a scientist but i don't believe that the "filters" on an ac will accumulate germs.. most you can take out and rinse off yourself, so i doubt that they would stop or hold germs for the flu..

also the flu germs are only alive for (i believe) 6-8 hours so they would've died in the filters.

germs are mainly passed in Liquid that is coughed into the air??

i hope that they are some scientist out there that can tell us if i'm right.. or we could take the material from an ac filter and construct a condom so we are safe from stds...

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Legionnaires' disease is another potential risk with dirty A/C which can be fatal.

Here is something off the web

 

Legionnaires' disease (Legionellosis) is a serious and sometimes fatal form of pneumonia caused by the bacteria Legionella. Although not all cases of Legionnaires' disease are severe, up to ten per cent of cases can be fatal.

 

There are over forty strains of Legionella bacteria but only a few cause disease in humans. The strains that are most commonly associated with human disease are pneumophila and longbeachae.

 

What are the symptoms of Legionnaires' disease?

Symptoms are usually similar to a severe 'flu' infection and include: fever; headache (often severe); shortness of breath; muscle aches and pains and sometimes a dry cough.

 

From the time of infection with Legionella bacteria, it takes between two and 10 days for symptoms to appear. In most cases, symptoms begin after five or six days.

 

How do you get Legionnaires' disease?

Legionella bacteria are found naturally in the environment and thrive in warm water and warm damp places. They are commonly found in bodies of water, soil and potting mix.

 

People usually get Legionnaires' disease by breathing in Legionella bacteria in very fine droplets of water called aerosols.

 

Man-made water systems sometimes provide environments that let Legionella bacteria increase to large numbers. These man-made systems include showers, spa pools, fountains, and also cooling towers associated with air conditioning and industrial cooling processes.

 

The evaporative units sometimes used in home air conditioning units have not been known to cause Legionnaires' disease. You cannot catch Legionnaires' disease from another person, or from drinking water contaminated by Legionella bacteria.

 

Who is at risk for Legionnaires' disease?

Most people exposed to Legionella bacteria do not become infected. The risk of disease increases with age, especially amongst smokers. People with long term medical conditions that weaken the body's immune system (such as cancer, lung disease, diabetes, and transplant recipients) may be at increased risk of Legionnaires' disease.

 

Young people, especially children, rarely get Legionnaires' disease.

 

How is the disease diagnosed?

For people who already have symptoms of the infection, there are three main tests for diagnosing Legionnaires' disease. These are: sputum tests; blood tests (this takes 2 tests more than 4 weeks apart); and a urine test. There is no value in being tested unless you are ill.

 

Can it be treated ?

Yes, most people with Legionnaires' disease need to be treated in hospital and for some, this will be in an intensive care unit. Legionnaires' disease is treated with antibiotics and the earlier that treatment is begun, the better the outcome.

 

Can Legionnaires' disease be prevented ?

There is no vaccine currently available for the prevention of Legionnaires' disease, however, there are measures that will reduce the risk of transmission. Owners of premises that have cooling towers, public spa pools, or warm water systems (for example in hospitals) are required by law to conduct regular maintenance of this equipment to reduce the risk of Legionella contamination and spread.

 

Smokers are more likely to get Legionnaires' disease and can reduce their risk by quitting smoking.

 

Because Legionella bacteria are commonly found in soils and potting mix, gardeners should:

 

•Always wear a face mask and gloves when using compost and potting mix, including opening the bag

•Moisten the contents of potting mix bags to avoid creating dust

•Always wash hands after handling potting mix

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I stopped using aircon, it helps me adjust to the heat better to just use a fan. Also I have a host of other issues with aircon, mostly related to the dry air and I just don't like the feeling of it.

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not trying to argue the point but they are easy to take out and clean, most ac filters nowadays are just those plastic type filters that you can take out and rinse with water and you're done.. also makes the aircon work easier..

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not trying to argue the point but they are easy to take out and clean, most ac filters nowadays are just those plastic type filters that you can take out and rinse with water and you're done.. also makes the aircon work easier..

Ok then ! But I think the owners should make sure that is part of the cleaners duty. We pay for the room and should not have to do the cleaning.

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This is for those of you that rent out rooms!

Something to think about.....

 

How particular are you in regards to making sure that the air filters in the rooms are cleaned regularly.

Lot's of sickness can be prevented if the air filters are clean, especially now with so much flu germs about!

 

I've never even thought about how clean the air filters are in rooms. Not ever. In fact I would say that's the last thing I would ever think about on a holiday, especially in Pattaya.

I had no idea that sickness could be prevented by cleaning A/C air filters.

I've never been sick whilst on holiday though.....but if I had been I would never have spotted the link as to why I was sick.

Cheers for that.

Hmmmmm.

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