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Air Conditioning Can Make You Sick: Here’s How to Avoid It

Air Conditioning Sickness

When we remember that we already feel like we are in too constant a state of being affected by the elements of the outside world, then we will realize that our lives are hardly ever as warm as they could be. At many points in our lives, some of us manage to get out of the house and go to the beach to escape the heat. It always seems to work once we get outside, so why don’t we make sure to give it a try as often as possible. Home air conditioners interact with our environment in ways that make us sick, usually by heating or cooling a home, or by conditioning a home to a specific temperature.


What Causes “Air Conditioning Sickness?”


Air conditioners and their associated use are not inherently harmful, as we mentioned earlier, air conditioners can provide a cooling effect to air. They may also block visible light. The onset of air conditioning sickness usually starts when air conditioners and other air conditioner systems meet with humidity, dried air, mildew, or bacteria.
If your place of worship or home is a breeding ground for mold and bacteria growth or a regularly unventilated space with poor air quality, a conditioned air unit will only circulate the sickness-inducing allergens that are already present, whereas an uncontrolled air unit will circulate all of the allergens and cause anaphylactic reactions in many people. The answer is to use an air conditioner in conjunction with good air quality management, to keep your place of worship and home ventilated and to use an air filter to remove any allergens from the air. Air conditioners can sometimes help to dry out a home, but they are not able to address the root cause of any moldy or messy walls or floors.

Some air conditioners also incorporate motorized fans and heating elements that cause dust to be sucked into the air conditioning, which can also produce molds. This moisture which promotes the growth of mold and bacteria can promote the growth of organisms that may cause inflammation and respiratory issues, especially in the upper respiratory tract area.


Another cause of cold-causing viruses or bacteria is running an air conditioner too cold. And one of the things that happens is viruses may spread. According to a study published in the journal Virus Research, the nature of the viruses’ survival was quite different depending on the timing of the illness itself, with the viruses most likely to survive in places in which conditions are cold and low in humidity. Very cold temperatures also cause the arteries in the skin to constrict, which can decrease the flow of blood, including the white blood cells that safeguard the body against viruses, contributing to a more susceptible appearance to any infection. Lastly, extremely dry environments evoke the sensation of chills, which can lead to a more susceptible appearance to the virus.

Living and working in a cold environment, such as the frozen ground, can also lead to long-term shivering that can cause a variety of symptoms from headaches and tiredness to sore muscles and joints.


What Can I Do to Avoid It?


The first thing you can do to protect yourself from roaches, mold, or other allergins that are already present is to clear your home or office of any of them. The time it takes an air conditioner to reach its maximum capabilities in both energy expenditure and efficiency is dependent on the type of air conditioner and the state of the home in which it is located.


Schedule regular maintenance to your air conditioner: whether it is your air conditioner that is slow to turn at night, your air conditioner that is over worked, or your air conditioner that cannot hold the water back, at intervals you should schedule a service call to check for and fix any issues that may have occurred. For air conditioners that are located in the basement, a full drainage system may be necessary to keep the area clean and free of allergens.


If you are experiencing exhaustion, chronic pain, and sore joints and muscles, turn that air conditioning down! The temperature of your home and office should not be more than 10 degrees cooler than outside. The stimulus the outside world provides will send your body into overdrive in order to cool itself off.


Air conditioning sickness is a common problem that many people will experience, and while it may seem like a hassle, there are many ways to avoid this condition. I hope these few tips will help you clear your foggy head and feel like yourself again! If you think your A/C unit may be the culprit, ask your local HVAC company for an air conditioning maintenance check. We would be more than pleased to take care of your air conditioning and discuss plans for a more regular maintenance routine.

Stay healthy!


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