Could Too Much AC Be a Health Hazard?
As a Florida resident, your air conditioner probably sees a lot of activity—especially during the summer months. This year probably even more with COVID-19 and social distancing. But could all that extra time in the AC be a health hazard? Let’s explore some potential health issues that could arise and their causes.
Potential Health Issues From Too Much AC
1. Dry Skin and Nasal Passages
Air conditioning feels amazing when you’re overheated—but if your home has low humidity it can be very drying. Without the balance of humidity, overexposure to AC can cause dry skin and nasal passages. As a result, your skin can become flaky and itchy; and your mucus membranes can begin to dry out. Not only is this uncomfortable, it can also create more serious irritations overtime—a few of which we will discuss next.
2. Respiratory Issues
As mentioned above, overexposure to air conditioning can cause your nasal passages to become dry and irritated. This can make you and your family more vulnerable to upper respiratory infections. With the continued presence of COVID-19, this is an issue worth avoiding. The best way to combat this is to use a humidifier. The Air Hawk team can help you determine the best humidifier option for your home. Schedule an appointment today
3. Allergy Flare Ups
If you haven’t been keeping up with your HVAC maintenance, the increased exposure to AC could cause more allergy flare ups. Not only do dirty air filters create poor air circulation, they also contribute to more allergens in the air. According to the EPA, indoor air pollution can actually be higher than outdoor air pollution. We recommend changing your air filters every 30 days to reduce allergy flare ups and promote good indoor air quality. We also suggest enrolling in one of our AC maintenance plans to ensure your entire system is properly cleaned.