I have always thought air-conditioning is one of the greatest inventions. I can’t imagine surviving hot days that feel like 40 degrees without air-conditioning during summer, let alone sleeping at nights at a temperature over 30 degrees. Even though air-conditioning is a savior but every coin has 2 sides. I bet you have felt sick on your long-haul flight, staying inside an air-conditioning room for hours or waking up in morning feeling pain all over your body. You were probably wondering what caused you feeling unwell. Air-conditioning is not the innocent lamb you think they are, and it is what caused you feeling sick.
To our surprise, it has been scientifically proved air-conditioning does more harm than good to you. There are multiple side effects that air conditioning gives you, which include:
- Illness and constant fatigue
- Dry skin
- Exacerbates effects of chronic illness
- The inability to deal with heat
- Breathing problems
Does that make you stop using air conditioning? I don’t think so. Nowadays we have all become a little too dependent on air-conditioning. If you are not going to completely terminate the usage of air-conditioning, and there is no way for us to totally eliminate the side effects, you might want to know tricks that help reduce side effects of air-conditioning.
You can reduce side effect of air-conditioning by humidifying the room–adding a humidifier or placing a bowl of water.
A low-humidity environment contributes the virus and germs to thrive, which is why it is more likely for people to get sick during winter. It is not because of the coldness, instead, low humidity is the real killer.
Restrain the Frequency
Air-conditioning is not meant to run for hours and hours, and your body is not made for staying within air-conditioning for hours and hours either.
Try to cut down the running hours of air-conditioning by switching it off after 2-3 hours. Also, keep in mind that an optimal AC temperature should be only a degree or two before room temperature.
Position AC at A Right Place
Have professional appliance installations team install your AC at an adequate place in your room. You do not want to position it where it blows cool air directly to you when you work or sleep. That would significantly increase the chance of feeling sick and decrease the duration before you start to feel sick.
Clean the Filter Regularly
Dirty filters are a huge contributor to your indoor bad-quality air. Not only will it allow allergens, pesticides and other harmful matters enter your home, but also trigger health problems including allergies, asthma, and eye, nose and, throat irritation.
Let Fresh Air Come In
Make sure to open the windows before you leave home and let some fresh air come in. Adequate ventilation is one of the ways that help you increase the poor indoor air quality after having air-conditioning running for hours and hours.
Get Maintenance Check Yearly
The dust in your room sometimes can jam up your AC, which can be very harmful to health if your AC is not maintained properly. Have you woken up in the middle of the night sneezing like a maniac? That is what the dust does to you when it has accumulated to a certain amount in your AC. Get it checked properly before it leads to more serious health issue.
Personally, the best way to avoid side-effects of AC is to embrace and adapt to the heat, and using air-conditioning smartly, instead of exploiting it, which may form your intolerance of heat. And it may put your health into a more risky state.