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Air Conditioning – How Is It Harming You?

By Dixit Arora +2 more

For a lot of people, life without air conditioners (ACs) is unimaginable. ACs can be quite the lifesaver when the heat and humidity reach extremely discomforting levels. But there’s a catch – while they make your surrounding temperature pleasant, they also cause health problems.

Let’s Look At Some Of The Health Issues ACs Can Cause –

1. It Dries Up Your Skin –

It sucks out the moisture from the room. It does not discriminate where the moisture comes from. It could be the air’s humidity, or it could be your skin’s natural moisture. If you stay in an air-conditioned room all day, be it at your office, home or car, your skin will start to dry up. If this continues for long, it will impact the inner layers of your skin. Your skin will begin to feel itchy, stretched and eventually start flaking.  

Air Conditioning - How Is It Harming You? - PharmEasy

It gets worse, the water content of your skin helps in blood circulation and keeps your skin nourished. So when your skin dries up, it will also start creasing which will eventually lead to loss of elasticity. To help your skin cope, you can apply moisturizers to your exposed skin and wear clothes that cover your body as much as possible to shield your skin.

Staying for a longer period in an air conditioning system does more harm than good, it can also lead to dehydration. AC sucks too much humidity from the room, which will end up making you feel dehydrated. Staying in AC for too long can lead to respiratory problems.

Dr. Ashish Bajaj, M.B.B.S., M.D

2. It Generates Mould –

If ACs aren’t serviced and cleaned out regularly, the process of transforming warm air into cool purified air generates moisture, which the AC expels outside. But over time this results in the growth of mould inside the AC, the spores of which will mingle in the air inside your room. When you breathe in mould, it could block your airways and cause congestion of the nose, breathing problems and sore throat. It could also aggravate asthma.  

Moreover, for the entire duration when the AC is on, you keep the doors and windows shut which prevents outside air from flowing into the room. So you also don’t breathe fresh air in an air-conditioned room.  

Buildings in which central air-conditioning systems are there increases the levels of indoor pollutants. Both hypersensitivity and infectious diseases are associated with bioaerosol exposure.

Dr. M.G. Kartheeka, MBBS, MD

3. It Makes You Sick –

Usually, the human body has no trouble adapting to weather changes. But natural weather changes gradually and gives enough time to your body to acclimate. But when you spend hours in an air-conditioned room and then step out in the scorching heat, your body gets confused by the sudden temperature change. This makes you vulnerable to common cough and cold. The outdoor pollution and dust make it worse. A sudden plummet and rise in temperature are even more dangerous for people with certain health conditions like heart disorders or diabetes.

Constant exposure to ACs can have long-term consequences on your health. The only way to avoid these air conditioner disadvantages for your health is to reduce your dependence on ACs.

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