Is Too Much Air Conditioning Bad for Your Health?
How Air Conditioning Works
You want cool air indoors because you want to experience a reprieve from the hot, hot heat outside. While air conditioning provides home comfort, there are three common health issues may be associated with air conditioning systems:
- Excessive dryness of skin, eyes, and nose.
- Heightened allergy symptoms.
- Increased fatigue.
So, why does this occur?
In simplified terms, an air conditioner works by removing heat and humidity from an indoor space by pumping it outside. It then cools down air using a chemical called refrigerant and pumps it back inside. This constant recycling of air is very effective at keeping a space cooler than the outside temperatures. However, it can also become an irritant to those who have certain health conditions, a sensitivity to allergies, or those who run their air conditioners continuously.
Solutions to the Negative Effects of Air Conditioning
Air conditioning may aggravate health conditions in some people, but luckily, there are also very simple solutions that can help create peace of mind for keeping your home or office cool without discomfort.
You might be feeling more relaxed with the air conditioning turned on, but your body still needs to stay hydrated. Air conditioning units remove humidity along with heat, leaving your skin and eyes feeling dryer than usual. Make sure to drink lots of liquids, use a moisturizer on your skin, and carry eye drops if your eyes are sensitive. If you’re going to be inside and outside frequently, you should choose a moisturizer with SPF to keep you protected both in and out. Staying hydrated will also help you feel more energized throughout the day.
Improve Air Quality
If you have sensitive allergies, you might consider investing in an air purifier to help clean the air and remove dust particles in your home or office. Max Heating & Air Conditioning has some of the most effective air purifiers out there! Keeping the intake and outtake vents clean and clear of debris can also reduce the number of allergic particles that enter your vents and home. If you need to have your ducts cleaned, let us know and we will recommend a company near you!
Adjust the Temperature
If you’re shivering at work, wearing a sweater in July, or feeling extra tired, you might consider raising the temperature on your thermostat. Even when it is 38C outside, it’s not necessary to have your indoor air set at 19C. Studies have shown that a decreased exposure to hot temperatures reduces our ability to tolerate hot temperatures. A little heat is sometimes a good thing. Try setting your thermostat a degree or two higher so that you’re comfortable but not creating an arctic environment in your home.
Use Air Conditioning During Optimal Hours
Although it may be tempting to blast your air conditioning unit twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week during our hot Alberta summers, you probably don’t need to leave it on all the time. Not only can using your air conditioning unit during optimal hours only help reduce your utility bill, but it can also extend the life of your machine. You’ll also be doing your part in preventing the electrical grid from crashing. This doesn’t mean a sacrifice to comfort, though! You can also choose to have multi-level cooling systems to keep everyone happy, and choose an air conditioner of the appropriate size for your home so that it doesn’t need to run constantly.
Providing regular maintenance to your air conditioning unit will help it run smoothly, offering you and your family the cool air you need during those hot days. Keeping your machine clear of debris and dirt will also improve the air quality circulated through the vents and air ducts.
Your Air Conditioning Experts in Edmonton, Alberta
Max Heating and Air Conditioning has your Edmonton HVAC technician experts on hand and ready to serve you during all of these hot summer days. Whether you need air conditioning repair or services or energy-efficient HVAC installation, we can help. Contact us for a custom consultation and quote today.