Top 7 health problems associated with Air Conditioning

Air conditioners are undoubtedly working overtime these days; but despite their welcomed relief from the scorching heat, air conditioners may not be the best option for your health when it comes to cooling off.

Global News examined the top seven health concerns that surround the use of air conditioners.

1.Illness and constant fatigue

Shivering at your office desk in mid-May? That might be the reason you are so tired. Research shows that people who work in over air-conditioned environments may experience chronic headaches and fatigue. Those who work in buildings which are constantly being pumped full of cool air may also experience constant mucous membrane irritation and breathing difficulties. This leaves you more vulnerable to contracting colds, flu’s and other illnesses.

2.Dry skin

Long hours spent in air conditioned environments causes your skin to lose moisture; if you are not aiding your skin with a constant supply of moisturizers you may begin to suffer from dry skin.

3.Adds to the effects of your chronic illness

Central air conditioning systems are known to enhance the effects the illness that you may already be suffering from. AC is notorious for increasing the symptoms of low blood pressure, arthritis, and neuritis, making pain management more difficult for those adamant on using their central air.

4.The inability to deal with heat

Those who spent a lot of time in an air conditioned environment become increasingly more intolerant of hot summer temperatures. This is mainly caused by the stress on your body from moving from a cool environment to the sweltering outdoor air. This intolerance of the heat has lead to an increase heat related deaths during heat waves, which now averages at 400 deaths each summer.

5. Breathing problems

Though your car’s AC may be a saving grace while stuck in traffic on a hot day they are the worst offenders for circulating germs and micro-organisms that cause breathing problems. Researchers at Louisiana State Medical Center found eight types of mould living inside 22 out of 25 cars tested. Air conditioners are also known to circulate air-borne diseases such as Legionairre’s Disease, a potentially fatal infectious disease that produces high fever and pneumonia.

6. Eye problems

Sometimes air conditioning can also be the cause of eye conditions such as conjunctivitis and blepharitis (eyelid inflammation). Also, prolonged exposure to air conditioning is not advisable for people who wear contact lenses, as they require more moisture to keep lenses from falling off, but moisture easily dries off in an air-conditioned room.

7. Contamination occurrence

Staying in closed air-conditioned rooms for a long time can expose you exposes you to pollutants inside rather than outside the room. How? For starters, the central air conditioning does not bring in fresh air keeps circulating old air, which means that if someone sneezes, the germs will remain in the air.

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