Although air conditioners are wonderful, if they are not correctly maintained or used properly they can cause sickness. Here are some symptoms to look for.
Air conditioners sirculate and clean air as well as cool it. heir HVAC filters stop dirt, mold, dust and pollen as well as other harmful elements from entering he house. When it is not working properly people with emphysema or asthma can get hit very hard and the whole system may be in need of a very thorough cleaning.
That stuffy, congested, headachy feeling you get after being in an air conditioned building all day long isn’t just you. Truth is, it may be that the air conditioning is the cause. A study in the International Journal of Epidemiology links working in office buildings with central air conditioning directly to constitutional and neurological symptoms such as fatigue and headaches. Try turning the temperature up on your air conditioner so that you’re not freezing. Another remedy would be to take frequent breaks to step outside for fresh air and to allow your body temperature to go back to normal.
Another reason spending quality bonding time with your air conditioner should be lessened is due to the damaging effect it has on your skin. Being that the cold, dry air causes skin to lose it’s natural moisture, the more time spent in air conditioning, the dryer your skin becomes. To remedy irritated skin, make sure you’re keeping hydrated with lots of water and using a preferred moisturizer.
According to Oxford Journals, individuals who spend a lot of time in air-conditioned environments tend to need a high amount of health care services for symptoms of a cold. In order to ensure that you’re not making weekly trips to the doctor, make sure all aspects of your room, car, and work space are cleaned thoroughly. That includes the carpets, curtains, and anything in your space that might cause dust to accumulate, especially the air conditioner.
Everyday Health says that air conditioning can help maintain our bodies at a temperature in which we feel comfortable enough to not exercise or move much at all. This then causes us to burn fewer calories than we would usually burn in a natural environment where our bodies have to work to adjust to the temperature. When it’s hot outside, people tend to turn on their air conditioner and enjoy the air rather than go out and exercise. People also tend to eat more when it’s cold which could be the case when one turns on the cool air in their house.
- Have your AC serviced: Replacing the air filter and cleaning the coils, can help your air conditioner run as efficiently as possible, reducing your cooling costs.
- Avoiding heat gain: Wait until evening to cook, clean, or wash clothes to avoid adding excess heat and humidity to your home. Turn off heat-generating appliances, electronics, and lighting when not in use.
- Sealing and insulating: Sealing air leaks allows your home to maintain temperature longer, reducing the load on the air conditioner.
- Closing the curtains: During the daytime, the sun can quickly heat a room. Close shades, blinds or contains to block the sun’s heat and make the job of you air conditioner easier.
- Natural ventilation: During cool mornings or evenings, open the windows to receive a cross-breeze and cool your home naturally.
- Using fans: Turning on ceiling fans or portable fans can help to distribute the cool air more evenly and make you feel cooler at a higher temperature. Turn fans off when leaving the room to save energy.