Winter might be over, but that doesn't mean we're done with the cold just yet. Luckily, we have our amazing air conditioner units!
Air conditioners can truly be a life saver in helping to battle cold and/or hot homes. In truth, these devices can become some of the best pals we've ever had while enduring frosty winter nights and humid summer days.
But whether you're an avid user of your air conditioner, or just turn it on from time to time, it's good to be in the know about what your air conditioner may be doing to your health (which may end up surprising you!).
The fact that my air conditioner might be causing unexpected health side effects came as a huge shock to me. Who knew my A.C. could be kick-starting my migraines?!
While this doesn't mean we should start to fear our air conditioners, it is definitely good to know the potential dangers so we can stay in control of our health!
Air Conditoners Can Give You Breathing Problems
The number one issue with having an air conditioner blast hot or cold air into your humble abode or work space is that they are often not cleaned as thoroughly as they should be. Forgetting to change the filters can cause a wide range of bacteria and fungi to accumulate.
Air conditioners can also be a breeding ground for black mould, due to the high amount of moisture that builds up from condensation that's created with all the cool air that passes through.
All these micro-organisms living soundly in your air conditioner can potentially lead to respiratory problems.
A quick fix for this is to make sure your air conditioning unit is cleaned regularly and that the filter is also changed every couple of months. If you're not sure how to do this, it might be worth your while to speak to a specialist here at JEC Air Conditioning Services.
Headaches & Dizziness
That stuffy, congested, headachy feeling you get after being in an air conditioned building all day long isn't just you. Truth is, it may be that the air conditioning is the cause.
A study in the International Journal of Epidemiology links working in office buildings with central air conditioning directly to constitutional and neurological symptoms such as fatigue and headaches.
We have a couple of realistic solutions so you don't see these side-affects:
- Try turning the temperature up on your air conditioner so that you're not freezing.
- Another remedy would be to take frequent breaks to step outside for fresh air and to allow your body temperature to go back to normal.
Skin Issues Can Arise
Lowered humidity in the air can cause dry or cracked skin, and for some, dermatitis or acne. Keep a moisturiser on hand if you're at work, and go outside to get some fresh air. And, stay hydrated!
You don't have to switch your unit off, but if you've noticed you're picking up a bug or two at work or home, make adjustments to protect yourself. If you're lucky enough to work somewhere where the thermostat can be touched, ask to raise the temperature a few degrees.
Do you suffer from sick building syndrome? Does air conditioning set off your allergies or other sinus problems? Are any of the issues mentioned a shock to you?
To remedy irritated skin, make sure you're keeping hydrated with lots of water and using a preferred moisturiser.
How Can We Help?
It might be the best time to have your air conditioning unit serviced by us at JEC Air Conditioning Services before the summer rush begins in November. Call us today on (02) 9674 3188 for a freeair conditioning quote!