Having an air conditioner in a home or office is something that’s become a staple in these modern times. It’s become such a regular part of our daily lives that oftentimes we don’t even remember what it was like to live without air conditioning, especially during warm or extremely hot summer afternoons.
But it is good to note that air conditioning is a relatively modern miracle, and only a few years to decades ago, was a privilege for the wealthy few. Now that it has become part of more people’s everyday lives, however, it might be a good time to review the health benefits of air conditioning installation.
And while we’re at it, it’s also worth discussing the health risks of too much air conditioning, or worse, the possible health risks from a poorly installed air conditioner. Read on to find out more.
The Benefits of Air Conditioning to Your Health
- An air conditioner in your home or office eliminates the negative effects of extreme and excruciating heat. There are certain summer days in the year when the heat is practically unbearable, and the high temperatures can lead to sickness or worse, death. Having an air conditioner in the home or office ensures its inhabitants are protected from these high temperatures.
- Air conditioning makes a space more comfortable and livable for its inhabitants. And when space is more comfortable, the increased comfort level can improve physical and intellectual activities of the people who live or work in that space.
- Similarly, in an office setup, optimal air conditioning settings can improve job performance as it contributes to the overall conduciveness of the office space for work and productivity.
- A properly installed and well-maintained air conditioner can help improve the air quality inside a home or office. And cleaner air helps reduce the risk of many respiratory problems and complications.
The Risks of Poor Air Conditioning to Your Health
- Overexposure to air conditioning can dry your skin. If you are staying in a fully air-conditioned office all day and coming home to a fully air-conditioned house at night, remember to regularly moisturize.
- Depending on the air conditioner type and model, some units can emit a constant noise while they operate, adding to noise pollution in a space.
- When an air conditioning unit is not properly installed or is not properly maintained, it can transport airborne dust, dirt, as well as finer particles and allergens that can cause respiratory problems and allergic reactions. Moreover, improper circulation in an air-conditioned space can transmit infectious diseases within inhabitants of that space.
- Additionally, a drastic shift in temperatures can cause respiratory issues. For instance, if you are coming into a very cold air-conditioned office straight from walking through a parking lot under the blazing heat of the sun at noon on a sunny day, it can have a negative effect on your health. To avoid this, always make sure to bring a shawl, cardigan, or jacket with you when you know you will be coming to air-conditioned rooms.