Air conditioners are a must-have in every home, especially if you live in parts of the country with unbearably hot summer months. But did you know that these ‘lifesavers’ could also damage your health in more ways than one?
Here are some ways your AC could be ruining your health:
1. Dirt and Mould
Air conditioners are known to be breeding places of mould and mildew, not to mention the dirt that accumulates in the machine. If left unaddressed, it could lead to more than just allergies and asthma. This is why it’s important to get regular air conditioner service for your units, especially if you have small children, seniors, pregnant women, and people with severe health conditions in your household.
2. Headache and Fatigue
In one study, researchers found that people who worked in ‘over air-conditioned’ workspaces could suffer from consistent fatigue and headaches. This can be quite common during summer months when offices tend to ‘cool things down’ by turning up the AC. However, this could be an ever worse way to deal with the heat. Staying for long periods of time in an ‘over air-conditioned’ space can make people feel more vulnerable to diseases.
3. Dry Skin
People who spend a long time cocooned in ‘over air-conditioned’ spaces will notice that their skin is drier than normal. This is because the cool air tends to make your skin lose moisture. If you’re working in an extremely cold office, you can ask to turn down the thermostat or you can use your lunch break to get some much-needed sunshine. You can also bundle up and keep a moisturiser in your bag.
A dirty air conditioner can cause more than just a runny nose, watery eyes, skin itchiness, or a cough. If you don’t clean and service your AC and use them properly, you could end up dealing with dire health consequences that are absolutely avoidable.