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Health problems to using air conditioning

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Health problems to using air conditioning

Global News examined the top five health concerns that surround the use of air conditioners.

1. Illness and constant fatigue
Shivering at your office desk in mid-July? That might be the reason you are so tired. Research shows that people who work in over air-conditioned environments may experience chronic headaches and fatigue. Those who work in buildings which are constantly being pumped full of cool air may also experience constant mucous membrane irritation and breathing difficulties. This leaves you more vulnerable to contracting colds, flu’s and other illnesses.

2. Dry skin
Long hours spent in air conditioned environments causes your skin to lose moisture; if you are not aiding your skin with a constant supply of moisturizers you may begin to suffer from dry skin.

3. Adds to the effects of your chronic illness
Central air conditioning systems are known to enhance the effects the illness that you may already be suffering from. AC is notorious for increasing the symptoms of low blood pressure, arthritis, and neuritis, making pain management more difficult for those adamant on using their central air.

4. The inability to deal with heat
Those who spent a lot of time in an air conditioned environment become increasingly more intolerant of hot summer temperatures. This is mainly caused by the stress on your body from moving from a cool environment to the sweltering outdoor air. This intolerance of the heat has lead to an increase heat related deaths during heat waves, which now averages at 400 deaths each summer.
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No idea on the other points but the last one certainly makes sense. We're very resilient creatures and can adapt to most any conditions. To that end, try and layer up even when you're home instead of blasting the heat and shirtless. I have fallen into this habit of sleeping shirtless which was not the case growing up. It just feels weird to have any clothes other than my boxers on and I wouldn't be able to sleep.
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Unless systems are cleaned regularly, air conditioners can be a source of health issues. Air contamination can become a severe problem that contributes to respiratory ailments in people. Additionally, air conditioning at work and home can lead to problems, such as colds, fevers, headaches and fatigue.
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VishalaK27467 wrote:
Nov 20th, 2018 1:10 am
Unless systems are cleaned regularly, air conditioners can be a source of health issues. Air contamination can become a severe problem that contributes to respiratory ailments in people. Additionally, air conditioning at work and home can lead to problems, such as colds, fevers, headaches and fatigue.
We stopped using air conditioner in the office after my colleague - quite healthy guy - got pneumonia. He has a workplace under the a/c, which is already bad, but I suppose the main reason was a poorly maintained filter. As a result, I'm a bit paranoid about air conditioning since then.
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As they are used for longer hours , the system filters has to be cleaned regularly.

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