Connect with us


HEALTH: Too Much Air Conditioner (A.C) Can Make You ill/sick



Mr. Tunde Adeniyi is the Chief Executive
Officer of his company of 20 employees. They all know the ground rules.
The air conditioner in his office and other rooms must always be on full
blast. It is the same understanding he has with his wife and kids in
the house.
In fact, if you want to be shown the way out of his cool office permanently, then you can just violate this order.
If you are like Adeniyi, you are addicted
to air conditioning. The not so good news is that you may have to watch
it, as experts warn that staying too long in a cold, air-conditioned
environment may make you or those subjected to this temperature sick.
conditioning is becoming increasingly popular. They are on full blast
in many homes and automobiles. It is also the first thing that greets
you in the office, even before your co-workers says hello. In a tropical
climate like ours, it is a cool alternative to fresh air.
Most people who have air conditioners are
sufficiently informed about how it affects their health. But physicians
say many diseases are caused by a weather that is too cold.
Three major side effects of this habit are rheumatism, arthritis and chronic joint pain.
A physician at the Public Health
Department of University of Wisconsin, United States of America, Dr.
Tinsely Davis, notes that sitting for long in an air conditioned room or
an environment that is cold could lead to joint and muscle pains, which
may result in rheumatic pain in the neck, back or legs in future.
She says, “Typical chronic rheumatic
pains in joints or muscles become more intense if people stay a long
time in a room with air conditioning. Therefore, if you get the chills
quickly, you may want to avoid, as much as possible, being exposed to
such cold temperature.”
Davis adds that the respiratory system
suffers greatly when the body is exposed to cold air conditioning for a
long period. According to her, regular exposure to air conditioner can
even lead to cardiac arrest, pneumonia and in severe cases, death from
According to her, the cool temperature
from air conditioning helps the bacteria and virus that cause pneumonia,
laryngitis and pharyngitis to thrive.
Davis states, “The risk of respiratory
irritation is quite high when the air conditioner is too cold and it
becomes easy to catch these bacterial or viral infections that cause
problems in the lungs, throat, nose or ear.
“It firsts starts with trivial illnesses
like cold, catarrh and cough; and gradually, it becomes more serious to
neuralgia (pain) in the head or torso, toothaches, headaches and sinus;
then paralysis of the eyelids, mouth and nerves or cardiac failure.”
Women may also have to limit the amount of hours they spend in an air conditioned environment.
Ergonomics professor at Cornell
University, USA, Alan Hedge, says studies have shown and research has
proved that women, by nature, catch the chills and logically, are more
predisposed to cold-related diseases.
He explains that the muscles of the body
generate about a third of its heat, and women tend to have less muscle
mass than men, so they are the first to complain about cold weather.
The professor says further that since men
are likely to be active than women, they have the advantage of
generating more body heat to fight cold weather.
Hedge says, “Women, you don’t have to
wait till your husband or male co-workers are cold before you tone down
the temperature of the A/C. Men are more muscular than women, so they
have the protection against cold weather than you do.”
Now that you know, you may want to take
informed decision about the temperature in your home or office by
wearing thicker clothes that cover your legs and ankles where you have
less muscle concentration.
Employers and those who design workplaces
may be interested in knowing that exposure to cold weather from air
conditioners also affects productivity.
According to Hedge, a study conducted by
his team of researchers showed that employees who are cold tend to work
less efficiently.
Hedge and his team of scientists measured
computer keystrokes performed by office workers at their actual
workstations in temperatures ranging from 68-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
“At moderate temperature, they are typing
twice as much in a minute as at a cooler temperature. The colder
workers also made a greater percentage of mistakes,” he states.
The professor concludes from this study
that a temperature between 72 and 79 degrees Fahrenheit is optimal for
workers’ productivity and notes it could go higher, depending on the
temperature outside the office environment.
Hedge says, “In general, the complaint,
apart from increase in salary, is that the office is too cold for
comfort. My recommendation is to listen to those voices that tell you to
keep warm and your brain that tells you when it’s time to turn off that
air conditioner!”
To get the right temperature for
yourself, experts advise that one should adjust the air conditioner to
suit the body’s temperature. That is why it is an air conditioner not a
cooler in the first place. It comes with functions that can either make
it cool or hot. Use it wisely!
As cool as having it in a room may be,
the truth is, air conditioner can affect your health if not used
appropriately. To avoid unpleasant problems, therefore, experts say one
must maintain a constant climate and correctly adjust the room
temperature and humidity to suit the body temperature.

Author: Orimisan Temidayo

TemmyGuru is a Blogger, Bitcoin (BTC) exchanger, Physicist, Digital marketer, Promoter, Artiste Manager, an Entrepreneur and a Philanthropist. If you have any suggestion, complaint or Advert. Feel free to contact him. Whatsapp: +2347040694785 Call Only: +2348141250277