5 Things You Never Knew Your Air Conditioner Was Doing to Your Health

By Internal Eseo - April 02, 2018

With the onset of summer in the Indian subcontinent, the temperatures are set to soar. From homes and malls to restaurants and even the metro, air-conditioned interiors provide a lot of respite in a tropical country like India.

However, spending long hours in ACs enclosures is not advisable as it might have some downsides. Luckily, there are ways around.

1.         Effect on skin and hair - Air conditioners use chemicals to quickly transform the gas into a liquid and vice-versa. These chemicals help transfer the heat from inside a room to the outdoors. Due to this process, an air-conditioned room becomes dry and arid. ACs pull out the humidity from the room. In the process, it leaves your skin and hair feeling dry and stretched. Dry skin leads to itchy, flaky skin and can cause early onset of wrinkles.

Remedy - Invest in a good moisturizer and remember to reapply the same every 2-3 hours. Also, hydrate your body by drinking 6-8 glasses of water each day. You can also place bowls of water in the room to combat the drying effects, as ACs will pull out moisture from the water instead of your skin.

2.         A chronic headache and fatigue - Individuals often complain about recurring headaches, general ill-health, and fatigue after spending prolonged hours in air-conditioned rooms. However, these symptoms subside once they leave the premise. This phenomenon is called the “sick building syndrome” and is caused due to low indoor air quality. Individuals working in buildings equipped with central air conditioning are more prone to these symptoms.

Remedy - Set the thermostat at a comfortably “cool” temperature and take regular breaks to step outside for fresh air and for your body temperature to normalize. You can also switch to air conditioners with double purification systems with easy EMI options from Bajaj Finserv.

3.         Breathing problem - If your air conditioner is not serviced regularly it can transform into a breeding ground for all types of bacteria. Fungi like black mold, breeding on moisture; can build up in the coils and ducts. These are mostly air-borne microorganisms, which can cause breathing problems like pneumonia, Legionnaire’s disease, etc.

Remedy - Ensure regular servicing of the air conditioners, including cleaning air ducts as well as the filter. If you are unable to ensure periodic servicing, invest in an AC offering an Auto Clean feature. You also have the option to switch to air conditioners with antimicrobial filter ensuring germ-free air throughout the establishment.

4.         Environmental Hazards - As discussed, ACs use chemical coolants to control the temperature. Most air conditioners are powered by R-22, also known as Freon. R-22 is a Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) causing ozone depletion. Freon poisoning is caused by exposure to the refrigerant due to a leak or a damaged compressor.

Remedy - Opt for air conditioners utilising R-32, R-134A, R-407C, R-404A or R-410A. These refrigerants have minimal or no adverse effects on the ozone layer. Most air conditioner manufacturers are now switching from R-22, however, some older models still utilize this harmful chemical. While you cannot replace the Freon utilized by your current AC with Puron.

Heat Intolerance - Spending prolonged periods in air-conditioned rooms might seem comfortable in the summers but could lead to increased intolerance to heat. This is mainly due to skin irritation caused due to rapid change in temperature, right from a cool temperature to scorching heat outside.

Remedy - Adjust the thermostat to a higher temperature, to avoid sudden temperature change. Take frequent breaks from the air-conditioned area and readjust to your natural surrounding temperature. If you suffer from sudden heat shock hydrate as much and as frequently as possible.

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