There is no doubt about it: the air conditioning in this hot summer season is not a superfluous luxury. When it comes to surviving the hottest days of the summer, the air conditioning can cause enormous relief within a few minutes.
But no matter how much we love the air conditioning – because we do – there are ways in which your air conditioning can make you sick.
More good than harm?
Because of cooler temperatures we sleep at least during the summer days, and for those of us with allergies or asthma, an air conditioner can help to filter out some of those annoying causes from the air. But on the other hand, keeping it artificially cool can affect your health. These are a few ways your air conditioner can make you sick and how you can tackle this:
1. The filter is dirty
Because the air conditioning circulates old air without adding fresh air, it is very important that these filters remain clean to prevent diseases. According to Huffington Post, the Environmental Portection Agency (EPA) notes that dust, fungi, dander and viruses can all circulate in your air conditioner. So make sure that you clean the device and that these filters are switched off every few months.
2. The temperature is too low
According to a 2004 study, it appears that the temperature of the air conditioning is often too low. Keeping the temperature a little warmer than you might think can help keep the air clean and regulate your body temperature – so you don’t get breathing problems, tiredness and headaches from the air conditioning.
3. You do not turn it off
If you keep the air conditioning running at full speed to the point that your apartment is a frozen tundra from June to August, you mess with your body’s ability to handle high temperatures – making the warm weather less bearable over time. According to New York Magazine, our over-reliance on air conditioners may mean that we are less able to handle the warm weather over time. So it’s not a bad idea to switch off your air-conditioning once in a while, save a little energy and give your body temperature a chance to regulate itself a bit.
4. Your nasal passages are dry
According to Dr. Garrett Bennett can cause dry nasal cavities due to air conditioning to worsen breathing problems, bronchitis and nosebleeds. If you notice that your skin dries out and your nasal passages become irritated, you must switch off the air conditioning. You can also put a simple humidifier in the room to keep the moisture balance in the air balanced.
5. You never open the windows
It may sound obvious, but turning off the air conditioning and opening your windows can help old, stagnant and bacteria-dispersed air to flow out – while fresh air enters. Fresh air can, according to the Huffington Post, boost your immune system.