Air conditioning has become an essential part of everyday life. We cannot do without it at home, shops, offices and even vehicles. It provides cooling as well as freshness which in turn keeps us comfortable thereby increasing our productivity level. While it is a relief to walk into a cool room after being out in the hot sun, prolonged use of air conditioners causes more harm than good.
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, sinusitis and other illnesses. If not cleaned regularly, air conditioner’s filter may become the birth-bed for bacteria and thereby circulating air-borne diseases such as Legionnaire’s Disease, a potentially fatal infectious disease that produces high fever and pneumonia.
Prolonged use of air-conditioning increases the symptoms of low blood pressure, arthritis, and neuritis, making pain management more difficult. The low humidity from the air-conditioned room causes a dry throat. It also causes breathing problems, chronic headaches and fatigue. 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.
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 led to an increase in heat related deaths during heat waves.
However, air-conditioning does not pause a major challenge to the well being as such, if used in an appropriate and healthy manner.