Air Conditioning & Your Health [Infographic]

air-conditionAir conditioning (AC) can be great, and there are few things better than relaxing in an air-conditioned room on a hot summers day. We don’t want to take this away from you, but there are a few AC related bits of advice to keep in mind so you can enjoy it without jeopardizing your health.

The main issue with the AC is that people do not put enough time into maintaining all the different parts. It’s a more complex operation than people think and the air goes through many different stages before the ‘conditioned’ air arrives in your room. Each bit of the operation needs to run smoothly to ensure the air arriving in a room is not contaminated.

It isn’t as simple as installing an AC and forgetting about it forever as regular maintenance is essential. You can check the manufacturer’s instructions to see how often you need to clean or change the air filters for example. A basic rule of thumb is that all ACs should receive maintenance once a year and they should be replaced every 10 years.

So what problems can a badly maintained AC cause?

It can create or exacerbate a variety of breathing issues and even affect your upper respiratory tract symptoms. People who have breathing issues are particularly vulnerable in this situation, so extra care needs to be taken in such cases.

Fatigue can also be caused by excessive air conditioning. This point is particularly pertinent in work environments as too much can reduce productivity and many managers do not realize this. If you are in a heavily air-conditioned environment, you should ensure that you get outside for some fresh air and drink water regularly.

This infographic from Half Price outlines everything you need to know about minimizing the risks that ACs can pose.

Air Conditioning and Health Infographic

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