Is being “COOL” good for your health?
April 25, 2013
Our world has been drastically changed by air conditioners. It has made indoors more comfortable and relaxing but how does this hinder our health. Here are some health benefits and risks that air conditioners have brought to our everyday lives.
– They reduce humidity – Moist places encourage mould to grow creating allergens. This may result in Allergic reactions, irritations to eyes, sneezing, rashes and respiratory conditions such as asthma.
– Infants raised in air conditioned homes grow better mentally and physically among more comfortable conditions.
– Air conditioners create a relatively dust free environment. By keeping your windows closed you are at less risk of the transfer of dust, dirt, bacteria and allergens intruding in your home. Especially great for people suffering from environmental allergies
– Extreme heat can have a clear negative impact on your physical activity, intellect and cause stress. The cool comfort levels at work and leisure increase performance overall and reduce your level of stress built tension.
– Avoid fatigue related illnesses by having a more comfortable sleep. I haven’t always had an air conditioner and I know the tossing, turning, sweating and dehydration have cost me numerous nights of sleep.
– In urban spaces, air conditioners can help filter out the heavy pollution travelling amongst the air we breathe. Toxic blends of poisonous fumes can be severely reduced with proper maintenance and regular air filter changes. Cough Cough Call Hogg Mechanical
– There is the possibility of a drying effect on skin and mucous membranes. Hence, we say you should try to maintain an average humidity level of between 60% and 70%
– It adds to ambient noise, contributing to noise pollution. Regular maintenance can reduce that contribution to noise pollution.
– Sudden changes in humidity and temperature can affect the respiratory system. When coming in from extreme heat pre-set your thermostat to a higher temperature. Gradually decrease by 2 degrees Celsius to a comfortable temperature. I believe they even have an app for that or buy a programmable thermostat.
– Air conditioned spaces should be regularly ventilated.
– In some rare cases air conditioners can be associated with chronic rhinitis, pharyngitis, throat irritation, hoarseness, conjunctivitis and blepharitis. Professional installation and regular maintenance in most cases can reduce the risk of these pre-mentioned conditions.
Clearly there are risks and benefits to any household appliance. In most cases the benefits far out way the minor risks. Having a home that is comfortable, stress free and allergen free are the three main factors in making my decision to install an energy efficient air conditioner.
What would your factors be when choosing an air conditioner? If you have any questions, concerns or require additional information please feel free to comment below or contact us at any of the sources provided. firstname.lastname@example.org, 519.579.5330, Twitter @HoggMechanical, Facebook Hogg Mechanical
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