Air conditioners work to keep our homes cool and comfortable in the summer. There is no price tag for the relief that your air conditioner can provide after a long day at work or time spent outside when temperatures rise. Even with all the comfort that an air conditioner can provide there can be drawbacks; they can have a negative effect on our health. Some call it “air conditioning sickness” which is that cold, stuffy, weak feeling that can be caused when too much time is spent indoors with the air conditioning on blast. These feelings make us want to get outdoors to breathe in some fresh air. Doing so can bring some relief. The AC in your home does not cause disease, but it can interact with our environment in ways that can make us sick.
Cough, Chest Tightness & Breathing Air Conditioning Problems
Air conditioners benefit those that suffer from respiratory problems but can make them sick. When the AC fails and allows bacteria, mold, fungi, dander and other airborne particulates to flow into an air-conditioned home. If your home has high levels of bacteria and mold, it will circulate in the air. While AC systems are good at removing particulate matter, they can’t do anything about microorganisms that are living in the walls, ceilings or floors of a home. These allergens can cause stuffy noses, sore throats and breathing difficulties for some. Moisture is created when air is pulled over the coils and creates the perfect environment for bacteria and fungi to thrive when air conditioners aren’t maintained properly.
Air Conditioning Common Cold & Dry Skin
Running your air conditioner at very low temperatures can make you sick. Did you know that the viruses that spread the common cold grow faster in cold environments with low humidity? That’s exactly what your air conditioner does! Super-cold temperatures can also cause arteries in the skin to constrict. This can become a problem because our bodies do this to prevent heat lose when it gets too cold. This will then decrease the number of white blood cells that flow to protect us against viruses and puts us at more risk of getting sick. When the environment you live in gets too dry it can decrease the moisture in the lining of the nose that is needed to prevent infection. Skin can also become very dry when there isn’t enough moisture in the air. Prevent these problems by trying not to run your AC too low for long periods of time, drink lots of water to stay hydrated and moisturize your skin if it becomes too dry.
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The regular and nonstop use of air conditioning is directly connected with rising number of complaints related to ENT (ear, nose and throat) and respiratory problems. Avoid unnecessary trips to the doctor’s office with regular air filter changes and system maintenance performed by professionals. A properly maintained AC system can prevent the symptoms of air conditioning sickness. Contact Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning today!