Do Benefits Of Air Conditioning Outweigh Risks?
Even people who live in locations typically thought of as farther north, which receive snow, such as New York City, Grand Rapids, or Spring Hill, and still experience temperatures well above 90 degrees for extended periods during summer months, can appreciate walking inside a climate-controlled building on a sweltering day.
There is no doubt that the broader availability of air conditioning (AC) through the late 20th century resulted in saved lives. Despite this, living in a climate controlled environment carries risks that everyone needs to be aware of. At the worst, improperly maintained systems have been attributed to Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks, as reported by Hello.
AC installation in Spring Hill, and around the nation, is best left to certified professionals. Carefully consider recommendations with regard to repair and maintenance, because there may be more at stake than mere discomfort as a result of a few weeks of hot weather. Improperly functioning or maintained climate control equipment can result in serious consequences.
Proper Maintenance Key
In addition to cooling hot air, AC systems, when properly maintained, also filter air, removing pollen, dust, insects, and other potential troublemakers from it. Additionally, a lower temperature goes a long way toward promoting a pest-free environment. It is said that a cool environment increases the productivity of workers, as well as having a positive effect on “physical activity” and “intellect.” AC lessens the chance of loved ones, friends, or employees becoming dehydrated, too.
Despite all the obvious benefits of climate control, AC has downsides. The potential of improperly maintained equipment spreading disease has been discussed; other health problems associated with AC use include dry skin and a tendency for dry mucous membranes, such as the eyes and nose. Improperly maintained systems that don’t spread serious disease have the potential to increase the amount of mold, pollen, or other allergens in the air.
Understand Needs Of Invested Parties
Before making a decision with regard to changing an AC system, or adding a new one, consider the amount of noise it will create and how this will affect both those in the building being served, as well as neighbors. Installing a unit beside the office of the secretary or manager of a busy business may cause problems that are avoided with some planning and foresight.
There are a number of health conditions associated with properly functioning climate control systems, including throat ailments, pharyngitis, and chronic rhinitis; eye conditions associated with AC cooling are said to include issues for those who wear contact lens, blepharitis, and conjunctivitis.
Recommended Room Temperatures
It has been recommended that climate-controlled environments be periodically ventilated with fresh air, that temperatures be maintained from about 70 to 77 degrees, and that humidity be kept between 60 and 70 percent.
Some people are sensitive to AC, finding entering a cold building, particularly after sweating outside, overwhelming. A common-sense precaution may be to plan days beforehand and carry a jacket or sweater if climate-controlled buildings will be encountered.