Is Air Conditioning Bad For Your Health?
Do you like your home air conditioner set to the minimum temperature?
Is your office air conditioning too much to handle?
If the answer is affirmative then I must say that you are in for multiple health disasters. Yes, the truth is that Air Conditioning Bad For Your Health. Now let me tell you that when the world is suffering from Coronavirus, the air conditioners are being considered as the potent weapons of causing health hazards. An office with central air conditioning can be the virus carrier and spreader. That is why in most of the places central air conditioning is not allowed. But the fact remains that there are people who hardly care about it and keep the temperature at the lowest.
let me tell you how air conditioning can be disadvantageous for you in the real sense.
You might suffer from headaches
Just like what I had mentioned above, people working in offices where the temperature is constantly low are likely to have headaches. You may also experience fatigue and catch a cold, cough, flu easily.
Your skin can get dry
As air conditioners suck the air’s moisture, they lead to dry and flaky skin. Too much of a problem for the ladies! Well, you just can’t avoid it! So, if you happen to spend a lot of time in the AC, drink lots of water and moisturize your skin on a daily basis.
Chronic illnesses may worsen
If you happen to suffer from a chronic illness, it will get worsened by the AC. The air conditioner aggravates conditions like low blood pressure, asthma, and arthritis. It can also make the pain harder to manage.
Lower heat tolerance
People who spend long hours in air-conditioned premises have a lower heat tolerance. This is because their bodies are not able to adjust to higher temperatures after spending most of their day at lower temperatures. This kind of intolerance can cause inconvenience to people who stay in warm climates because they have to come out of the air-conditioned den at some point of the day and bear the heat.
Can lead to respiratory problems
Over time air conditioners gather dust and mold. As they are not cleaned very often, they circulate the dust and mold around the room. This can aggravate allergies along with causing several respiratory problems. Air conditioners also circulate other airborne diseases. They spread the pathogens and infect many people at the same time. If one person is suffering from cold in your office, chances are that you too will catch it soon because the same air is circulating. This is a more important reason to keep air-conditioners shut in the offices during Covid-19
Though most latest models are completely silent, there are ACs that can emit anything between a low hum to a rattling sound (window ACs :P). This sound adds to the noise in the room that can cause a kind of noise pollution that lowers human productivity during the day and inhibits sleep at night.
Can cause eye problems
The dry air affects the skin but it does not spare your eyes as well. You can suffer from itching and irritation. If you wear contact lenses, they will get dry and stick to your eyes. Problems like conjunctivitis and other eye infections can be aggravated by the AC.
What to do?
- Quit your job just because the AC is troubling you… lol just joking 😛
- Wear clothing that keeps you warm. Try layering your clothes.
- Request for the ACs to be cleaned regularly.
- If it is your AC at home make it a point that you keep it dust and mold-free.
- Visit your eye doctor if your contact lens is giving you a problem due to the dry environment.
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