Benefits and Health Risks of Air Conditioning Units

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It was not so long ago that the air conditioning was considered a luxury, and was only affordable to the rich people; however, the times have changed, and nowadays pretty much everyone has an air conditioning unit in their home, in their office, or can even find it in the public transport! Therefore, the air conditioning units can be considered a part of our lives today; some people might find that great, while others might believe that that is something that’s harmful.

Whatever your opinion on the air conditioning units may be, it is clear that they can lead to some health issues, and especially if they’re being abused by setting them to extremely low temperatures or by mismanaging them. This is something that could cause some serious diseases and conditions in humans, and that is why people ought to know as much as they can about them. That is why we have decided to give you a list of benefits and risks the air conditioning units  offer, so that you’d know exactly what it is you should and what you shouldn’t do with your portable air conditioner unit.

Benefits

Of course, one of the main benefits of the air conditioning units is the fact that it can lower the temperature in your room really fast, which is great for the physical activity as well as the intellect. Then, it can also offer a lot more comfort, no matter if you’re using it at work or at home. This, in turn, leads to a better job performance and an increased intellectual and physical activity.

Then, there are the benefits in the form of reducing the presence of parasites and insects, and because of the fact that the lower temperature will make you stop sweating, you won’t have to worry about being in a risk of dehydration. Other health benefits include the fact that a well-maintained air conditioning unit can help exclude the external allergens from our living quarters (like pollen, for example) and can greatly improve and renew the quality of the air we breathe.

Risks

Of course, there are also some risks involved, and it wouldn’t be fair not to mention them. One of the most important ones, which I read about in this article by Gareth, includes the fact that the sudden changes we make in the temperature and the humidity in the room can negatively affect our respiratory system. Our skin can also suffer, because it can experience a drying effect, as can the mucous membranes. Also, some people just hate the noise that the air conditioning unit makes, which also leads to additional noise pollution.

There are also some medical conditions which can directly be caused by the badly maintained air conditioning units. They could transmit fungi and airborne dust which can cause severe allergic reactions, as well as chronic rhinitis, throat irritation, pharyngitis and hoarseness. Other conditions that can be exacerbated include conjunctivitis and blepharitis, which are eye conditions that should really be avoided.

What to Do?

Air conditioning units can be a great thing, but in order to have them running properly, you really need to ventilate them regularly, to have them installed by a professional, who is also going to maintain it for you, and to keep the temperature and the humidity optimal and not extreme.