Corporate Health & Wellness Specialist – PrognoHealth

What are the effects of the air conditioner?

If you are amongst the people who can’t survive without an air conditioner, then you must read further. Come rain or shine, you must need air condition at home or office? If yes then your health might be at risk.

As much as air conditioners are a boon during extremely hot and humid weather, long term exposure to air conditioners can have harmful effects on us.

Check these out:

Dry skin – To begin with, long hours spent in an air-conditioned room can cause your skin to lose moisture and leave it dry. It can affect your scalp as well, leading to hair fall or dandruff. If you can’t get away from the air conditioner, make sure that you use enough moisturizers and oils for your skin and hair.

Muscle contractions – It is a well-known fact that muscles contract at cold temperatures. Getting too much exposure to the cold air also can leave your muscles stiff. If you work in an air-conditioned environment, try to take a break every few hours and warm-up or practice stretching exercises.

Air-borne infections – For people who are allergic to dust or fungi, airborne infections can be a risk. Also, if you work in a closed room and if your colleague has a cold/cough, the chances that you might get it can be high. Ensure that your room is cleaned and sanitized well. A vacuum cleaner would help greatly.

Respiratory problems – If you are breathing cold air constantly, your nasal mucous membrane, which is highly sensitive, can get irritated by breathing cold air. This can lead to respiratory problems. Try using nasal drops in case you develop serious congestion after consultation with your doctor.

Fatigue & headaches. – It has been observed that people who are exposed to lower temperatures are more prone to headaches and fatigue.

Eye conditions – If you have a contagious eye condition like conjunctivitis, stay away from the AC. Also, if you are wearing contact lenses you should be extra careful of dry eyes and should use natural tears eye drops.

Noise – ACs make a lot of noise that can impact your idea of silence and peaceful work. Thanks to the constant humming of the machine, one can feel irritated or anxious due to the background noise

While one can’t fully avoid air conditioners as they are omnipresent in our lives, one should try and take frequent breaks. Warm-up exercises and moisturizers can help too.

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