I was wondering that myself, and tried to find an answer online, but couldn’t get a definitive yes or no, so I just tried it… and nothing bad happened. I only drank a sip, and it was just a few minutes ago, but now I’m letting a whole glass fill, and I’ll try that. I’ll update the answer.
UPDATE. I filled a whole glass, put it in the fridge to cool, and then did a blind test to myself with bottled filtered water. I could definitely tell the difference in taste (the AC water had an obvious aftertaste). I drank the whole glass and so far, it’s been about an hour, and nothing bad happened.
Clint Law’s answer is very good. But I would like to add that Legionnaires’ disease can live in AC’s. There is some belief that drinking water from an AC can cause the disease, if you inhale any of it while drinking it. Of course the risk of this being in your home is rare.
Another thing to add is that your AC coil is a very dirty place. Here is a picture of one that is not that uncommon. I would not drink anything that dripped out of this.
Bare in mind that all the dust you have in your house goes through this cooling coil. Sloughed off skin cells, pet dander, cooking vapors and an
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I wouldn’t drink it without treatment, because it might contain lead or other metals (from the drip pan) or legionella bacteria (from constant damp). My uncle, though, piped his to a flowerbed. Living in central Louisiana, with about a 2,300 sq ft house, he produced about fifteen gallons a day.
i was did experiment on this and by knowledge, the water from the air conditioner have higher concentrated level of Acidic elements, which may burn you inflammation in throat. now i try it to dilute by adding some pure water but the taste and odor of water is also little bit down. But using UV and RO filters we can reduce level of bacteria near to normal water, and by using pre-carbon , sediment , post-carbon filter we can reduces metal content inside the water. then there are filter available for taste and odor, you just have to reduce level of acidic concentration. and there are one filter a
Well, it’s not wastewater. It’s condensate.
While water condensed from the air is distilled, the collection leaves a lot to be desired. The coils where it condenses and the drip pans that catch it are not kept clean and is a breeding ground for various molds and bacteria.
If you have a typical years old house the A/C drain pan and plumbing gets dusted once a year and sterilized… never.
I would strongly advise not drinking it.
I know for a fact that if I don’t dump a cup of bleach into the condenser pan every few months the the black slime mold will clog up the drain and cause an overflow and leak
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Given above are the test reports from a laboratory for tests that were conducted on water that had come out of AC machines. It is certified as totally pure and fit for drinking. If at all you have doubts, you may simply boil it and drink. This is not an opinion, but a test report. So instead of buying water generators, simply connect the output to a can, boil it and start using it. It is just liquefied air.
Unless there are materials present that will dissolve or leach into that water, it is condensed from vapor and is relatively pure. However, under real conditions where dust and airborne debris such as leaves, etc. may land in the area where the water collects, algae and other micro-organisms may grow in it causing a poor taste and potentially a health hazard from drinking it. Be careful.
Assuming you mean air conditioner condensate water, the simple answer is yes, but don’t expect it to be clean. It will contain anything that might be in the air including pollen, insect parts, or worse. It will be good for watering plants.
Generally no. It will have whatever dirt and debris that has adhered to the wet coil surface and accumulated in tevdtain pan. Probably a lot of bacteria and possible slime molds.
It can be saved for watering vegetation. But not much else
When water vapor condenses, goes through a phase change from a gas to a liquid, it couldn’t be more pure, and if you could drink it right then, no worries. Problem is it then drains down a coil that is usually dirty, into a pan that may or may not have nasties growing in it, into a pipe, and out onto a roof or the ground. I’d think it’s about as nasty as drinking rainwater out of a downspout, there are nastier things, but that is not clean, potable water. Filtering it through carbon and sediment filters, like in a pump used by backpackers at mountain lakes might work, or boiling and filteri
You’d be better off going thirsty than from an AC condensation drain. Not only is it a breeding ground for bacteria, virus and mold it is the source of Legionaries. In addition. To atmospheric moisture the coils condense all water vapor such as what comes out of your lungs and mouth, and those around you; basically everything that can be condensed is.
There are atmospheric water generators that work on this principle or that of chemical reaction to collect airborne moisture but these devices purify the water collected before it is consumed. Just Don’t!