Many of us spend most of the day in air conditioned rooms or work spaces. Often, your air conditioner can be the culprit that is making you sick. Here is how to find out and what to do about it.
1. You feel weak and exhausted
Another aspect to consider is the age of the air conditioner which is being used. An older air conditioner may not work as efficiently as a newer one, resulting in poor air circulation. Also, the older the air conditioner, the greater the likelihood of the presence of contaminants like fungus and bacteria. The best remedy would be to have old, inefficient air conditioners replaced with the best air conditioner you can afford.
2. You develop respiratory issues
3. Your nose bleeds regularly
Air conditioners without a humidification function can produce very dry air that results in frequent nose bleeds. This is aggravated in times of hot weather, where the skin in your nasal cavity will tend to be dry to begin with. The remedy for this is to consider getting an air conditioner/humidifier combo unit. If not, you can also get a separate humidifier or add a few drops of saline nasal drops whenever you feel dryness in the nasal cavity.
4. You experience muscle and joint pains
Another fallout of having an air conditioner going full blast in a room, is muscle and joint pains. If you are experiencing aggravated rheumatism, arthritis or chronic joint pain for no apparent reason, the cause could be the air conditioning at your home or office. It is likely that the temperature of the air conditioner is being set too low, and should be set at a slightly higher temperature.
5. You get sick when someone else in the office gets sick
As a result of the continual circulation of stale air within the confines of a building, any viruses, mold, dust or pet dander brought in by residents of the building tend to be circulated and spread to different people. Some buildings have a built-in ‘leak’ whereby a small quantity of external air gets leaked into the air conditioned space regularly. One remedy to prevent this is to open windows at least once a day to let some fresh air in.
In general, it is not necessary for you to run your air conditioner 24 hours a day. When nights are cool, or during the winter months, you could try getting by without air conditioning, by leaving windows open to allow circulation of fresh, cool and healthy air.