There are few better feelings during the hot summer months than walking into your crisp and refreshing air conditioned home from the hot and humid environment outside. But what’s not often thought about is how air conditioning may be affecting your personal health. Learn more about AC health effects to understand how using air conditioning can have both positive and negative effects on your well-being.

Plus: Protection from Pollution

We are all at risk for health complications due to outdoor air pollution, especially if you live in an urban area or close to roads with heavy traffic. Thankfully, one of the positive health effects of using air conditioning is the fact that the unit’s filter eliminates the particles commonly found in outdoor pollutants before they make their way inside your home. These include:

  • Lead
  • Dirt, dust or sand
  • Soot or smoke
  • Hundreds of chemicals released from construction sites, smokestacks, power plants and more

Without air conditioning or other air quality measures, you are at risk for inhaling these microscopic particles. This can lead to serious health complications, including cardiovascular issues, particles infiltrating your lungs and bloodstream, vision problems and more. That’s why it’s so important to properly maintain your air conditioner, which will assist in keeping these harmful particles out of your home.

Minus: Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)

If you live or work in a building that’s always being cooled by air conditioning, you may be at risk for SBS. This is a condition caused by prolonged exposure to AC and presents the following symptoms:

  • Irritated skin
  • Watery or red eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Breathing problems

Why does this occur? While SBS is not yet linked to a specific cause other than the presence of air conditioning, it’s possible that microorganisms could be growing within the building’s system and having negative AC health effects on you and your coworkers or neighbors. Or, your unit might be inefficient in eliminating moisture and condensation. Whatever the case, Custom Aire’s maintenance services will ensure your air conditioner is working properly and free of the bacteria and fungi that cause SBS.

Plus: AC Saves Lives

Air conditioning is one of the most beneficial things you could have during a heat wave. Not only will it keep you comfortable and stop excessive sweating, but it is also proven to save lives in extreme temperatures. When highs reach 100 degrees and beyond, the following health complications could develop:

  • Dehydration
  • Damage to internal tissues and organs
  • Heat exhaustion, which includes extreme fatigue, fever, nausea and more
  • Heat stroke, which presents dry and flushed skin, a rapid pulse, disorientation and fainting
  • Hyperthermia, which involves heavy sweating, exhaustion, nausea, vomiting and fainting

Minus: Intolerance to Heat

On the other hand, air conditioning can also make your body intolerant to heat and leave you unable to deal with hotter temperatures. That’s because stress is placed on your body when moving from a cool building to the roasting heat outside. This can largely be can be avoided by having an air conditioner in the first place and setting your thermostat to a moderate temperature.

Proper Maintenance Is Key

The best way to ensure a cool, comfortable and healthy environment by allowing Custom Aire to properly maintain your air conditioning system and make timely repairs. For over 50 years, we have served Bensalem, Pennsylvania and the surrounding communities with our expert installations and maintenance services. For more information, contact Custom Aire today at 215-638-1800.