Air Conditioner Health Risks: 5 Problems Your AC Could Be Causing

Too cold? Turn on the AC. Too hot? Turn on the AC.

Air conditioners (ACs) have become an inseparable part of our everyday life. Although summer is the time we use them the most, many people’s ACs work overtime during winter too. No doubt, ACs do a great job at providing relief from heat or cold, but are they completely safe?

Many recent studies have shown that ACs either cause or aggravate already present health problems. This is especially true if you have a habit of standing directly in front of your AC.

1.    Breathing problems

Even the best ACs contain some germs and micro-organisms, which can cause or aggravate respiratory problems. By cooling (or heating) the air, ACs also help circulate these germs which can harm lungs, throat and the mucous membrane of the nose.

2.    Asthma

Because ACs help spread germs and airborne diseases, they can significantly worsen asthma symptoms. But that’s not all ACs can spread – if your AC is not regularly cleaned and serviced, it can also contain mold, pollen, dust mites and other asthma triggers.

3.    Allergies

By cooling (or heating) the air, ACs help circulate all kinds of germs, bacteria and fungi which can all not only aggravate your allergy symptoms, but actually cause it. Airborne pollutions can be a serious health hazard, so it’s crucial to keep your AC well-maintained.

4.    Dry Skin

If you struggle with dry skin, you may want to back away from your AC. Air conditioned environments lack moisture and cause your skin to lose its own moisture which can lead to excessively dry skin. This, in turn, can lead to other skin issues, including itchy, red, irritated skin and eczema.

5.    Chronic Illness

Finally, ACs can actually lead to something called “sick building syndrome”, meaning chronic illness. Spending too much time in air-conditioned environments can lead to chronic breathing problems, nasal congestion, headaches, irritated skin and even chronic fatigue. ACs can also worsen symptoms of some chronic diseases, including low blood pressure and arthritis.

 

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