Air Conditioning Certification, A LOT more on the way!
On Thursday, the federal government said it will roll out a new certification system for air conditioning that aims to cut down on problems associated with COVID-19.
The National Air Conditioner Certification Program will take effect Jan. 31, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a statement.
The program will require manufacturers to certify air conditioning units to meet certain standards.
It will also allow manufacturers to apply for a certificate if they have no air conditioning systems in place.
While some people have reported problems with air conditioning and air conditioning related health problems, most air conditioners are not connected to air conditioning equipment.
The U.K.-based company which produces the Philips air conditioner, for example, said that 95% of its air conditioning customers are able to work out the issue, with about 50% having no problems.
But some experts are concerned about COVID in the air condition industry.
A number of studies have shown that COVID may increase the risk of respiratory problems, including asthma, and in some cases may worsen the condition of those with chronic health problems.
Some of those studies, including one conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have shown increased rates of asthma and respiratory problems for people with COPD, which affects the airways and lungs.
“We do not believe that there is a causal relationship between air conditioning usage and respiratory health, and that COvid-19 is the cause of these health problems,” said Dr. Michael Greer, chief medical officer for Philips.
So far, there have been only three COVID outbreaks in the United States, all linked to air conditioning.