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Reduce the possible effects of air conditioning on your health

Air conditioning units are designed to keep buildings cool in summer. A down side is that the air is constantly recirculating through the building, which can have some negative effects. These are relatively easy to counter, though, with awareness, planning and a little effort.

Don't make abrupt changes in the temperature settings

Usually you will only make small adjustments to the settings on an air conditioner. If you want to make a significant change, then do it in stages, not all at once. Your lungs and breathing can be affected by changes in temperature or humidity that occur quickly. Help your respiratory system adjust to the change before you make the next one and this should help to prevent your lungs taking too much strain and developing a problem.

Maintain the air conditioner unit

An air conditioner, with its constantly humid environment , offers a place for dust, fungi and even germs to thrive. You may be allergic to the dust and fungi, or you may stand a chance of catching an infection. To counter this possibility, it is essential that your air conditioner is maintained regularly, which includes removing and cleaning the filter and cleaning the coil itself. Doing this at frequent intervals will not necessarily prevent the dust, fungi or germs from being caught in the air conditioner. It should prevent them from being allowed to grow and multiply too much and becoming a real hazard. For tips, contact a company like ACSIS Airconditioning Warehouse.

Fresh air is also important

Usually, an air conditioner is operated within a closed environment, because this produces the best results of constantly and consistently cooled or heated air. This also means that any germs that are present in the system have no way of being expelled and will simply recirculate, possibly affecting people within the closed environment. If you have an air conditioner in your home, you should make sure that there is some kind of ventilation so that the air inside will be diluted and revitalised by air from the outside. You may even choose to spend entire days with the air conditioner turned off, simply to allow the air in the house to be refreshed. If you work in an air-conditioned office and large-scale, effective ventilation is not possible, you should take the opportunity to leave the building at your lunch hour so that your lungs have the chance to breathe different air.

If you are going to spend hours on an aeroplane, you should consult your health professional about taking preventative measures against possible allergens or infections that may be present in the closed system.

Keep hydrated

One of the effects of constantly circulating air through a closed, air conditioned system is the slow drying effect on the mucous membranes in the body. To counter this, you should always make sure you drink regularly whenever you spend time in an air conditioned environment. This constant hydration can also help to counter the effects of the air conditioner.