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Can Hotel Air Conditioning Make You Sick?

June 09 2023by Maximum Climate Control


Do Hotel AC Units Really Give You a Cold?

As the summer heat intensifies, searching for a hotel that operates a reliable and efficient air conditioning system becomes a necessity. However, there are concerns about whether hotel air conditioning units and systems can potentially make guests sick. 

Can air conditioning systems in hotels really have a negative impact on our health? By understanding how an air conditioning system operates, you and your guests can ensure a pleasant and healthy stay whilst enjoying the benefits of an efficient and effective air conditioning system.




Air Conditioning Installation & Maintenance for Hotels


Understanding the Function of Air Conditioning in Hotels

Hotel air conditioning units operate by regulating the room temperature, humidity, and air circulation within a hotel room. Air conditioning systems work on the principle of refrigeration, which involves the transfer of heat from the indoor environment to the outdoors. 

The process begins with the air conditioner drawing in warm air from the room, which then passes over evaporator coils containing a refrigerant. This will then absorb the heat and transform it into a gas. The warm air is then cooled as it comes into contact with the cool coils. 

The cooled air is circulated back into the hotel room, while the refrigerant, now in a gaseous state, is pumped to the outdoor unit where it releases the absorbed heat. The refrigerant condenses back into a liquid, and the cycle repeats. 


Can I Get a Cold from Air Conditioning?

One common misconception is that air conditioning can cause colds or respiratory infections. Common colds are primarily caused by viruses that are transmitted through close contact with an infected individual or by touching contaminated surfaces. 

However, spending time in an air-conditioned environment may increase your susceptibility to certain infections if the air conditioning system is not maintained or cleaned regularly. This is why, at Maximum Climate Control we encourage the regular service and maintenance of air conditioning units to improve indoor air quality and comply with Health and Safety Standards.


Can Air Conditioning Make You Ill?

A hotel’s air conditioning system does not cause illness, yet improper maintenance or inadequate filtration can lead to potential health issues. Poorly maintained air conditioning systems can carry dust, pollen, bacteria and mould, which when circulated into your hotel room, may impact guests with asthma, allergies or aggravate existing conditions. 

If you experience symptoms after spending time in an air-conditioned environment, it’s essential to identify whether they are related to the hotel’s air conditioning system. Some common air conditioning sickness symptoms include: 

Air Conditioning Sickness Symptoms

  1. Dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, or skin
  2. Congestion or nasal dryness
  3. Fatigue or dizziness
  4. Headaches
  5. Allergic reactions, such as coughing, sneezing, or wheezing

If you encounter these symptoms after being in an air-conditioned room, it may be worth questioning a member of staff about the air quality and maintenance of the hotel’s air conditioning system. Consulting a medical professional can help determine whether there is a direct correlation.

Tips for Maintaining Your Hotels Air Conditioning System

Ensuring a healthy and comfortable environment for your guests is of utmost importance. One key aspect of achieving this is maintaining the cleanliness and efficiency of your hotel air conditioning system to avoid guests catching colds or viruses. 


Regular Cleaning

Having your hotel’s air conditioning system cleaned by a professional is essential for optimal performance and a healthy indoor environment. Professionals such as Maximum Climate Control have the expertise and specialised equipment to thoroughly clean and sanitise the system, removing dirt, dust, allergens, and contaminants. 


Filter Maintenance

Filter maintenance is essential for the operation of your hotel’s air conditioning system and plays a crucial role in trapping dust, allergens, and other particles, preventing them from circulating indoors. 


Good Ventilation

Maintaining proper ventilation within hotel rooms and hallways will facilitate fresh air exchange. This can be achieved by opening windows or using efficient ventilation systems to prevent stagnant air.


Temperature Control

Setting temperature controls within a comfortable range will avoid extreme cold temperature fluctuations which may cause discomfort or potential health issues to hotel guests.


Humidity Management

Monitoring and controlling humidity levels in hotel rooms will prevent excessive moisture, which can potentially lead to damp and mould growth. We would recommend maintaining humidity levels between 30% and 50% for optimal guest comfort.


Regular Inspections

Having qualified HVAC engineers such as Maximum Climate Control conduct routine inspections of your hotel’s air conditioning system will identify any potential issues early on, preventing system failures whilst ensuring optimal performance.

Discover more tips for maintaining your air conditioning system here. 


Can Hotel Air Conditioning Make You Sick? The Final Say

Contrary to popular belief, air conditioning in hotel rooms alone does not make you sick. However, poorly maintained systems and inadequate filtration can lead to discomfort or worsen existing respiratory issues. 

By having your hotel’s air conditioning system maintained and serviced efficiently by qualified HVAC engineers, you can enhance the performance of your air conditioning unit and provide a superior experience for your hotel guests.


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Reliable & Efficient Air Conditioning Engineers 

At Maximum Climate Control, we offer a comprehensive range of energy-efficient air conditioning systems for hotels. Our services include supplying, installing, and maintaining AC systems to ensure an exceptional guest experience. 

Our team of highly skilled HVAC engineers specialises in the regular maintenance of air conditioning units, ensuring their optimal performance and long lifespan. With our expertise, we create a comfortable and healthy environment for your hotel guests, allowing them to enjoy a relaxing night’s stay. 

Get in touch with our friendly team to find out more information regarding our wide range of air conditioning units and services available. 

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