Avoiding Legionnaires’ Disease From HVAC Systems
Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria found in both potable and nonpotable water systems. You usually get it by breathing in mist from water that contains the bacteria. The mist may come from hot tubs, showers or air-conditioning units.
The disease typically presents as pneumonia and symptoms may include a high fever, chills, cough, muscle aches, headaches, weakness and mental stress. Since the disease is connected to lung infection, symptoms of pneumonia such as shortness of breath and chest pains also manifest.
The most effective way to prevent excessive Legionella growth in the water of HVAC evaporative cooling towers is proper maintenance of the water coolant systems. Only seasoned HVAC professionals should be called upon whenever there appears to be a fault that can endanger one’s health.