Air conditioning is more than just a convenience. For many people, it can have a huge positive impact on health; in some cases, air conditioning can even save lives. Oddly enough, some people consider air conditioners unhealthy – but a properly maintained air conditioner can benefit many conditions. Curious about what groups of people will see the greatest health benefits? Read below.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 7,415 people died from extreme heat-related causes between 1999 and 2010. The elderly are at particular risk of heatstroke, which can be fatal. Older people's bodies do not adapt to temperature extremes as easily as adults, and they are also less likely to realize that they are suffering from heat exhaustion or heatstroke.
Like the elderly, young children don't have the knowledge to understand when they are suffering from heat exhaustion or overheating. They are also more likely to be active in hot weather, running around the house or playing outside in the sun. And children, like the elderly, don't physiologically adapt to heat as well as adults, sweating less and producing more body heat.
People Who Live In Cities
It might seem like a very broad category, but the link is air pollution. Cities, with their large amounts of traffic, are often areas of high air pollution, but non-urban areas may be affected by manufacturing plants or other factors.
Whatever the source of the air pollution, being able to close your windows in the summer and cool down the house with an air conditioner has a big impact on how much of that pollution gets circulated through your home. In addition, the filters in air conditioners can remove pollution from the air in your home, especially HEPA-certified filters. People who suffer from asthma or other breathing problems can especially benefit from a high-efficiency filter.
So Why The Unhealthy Reputation?
Some people claim that air conditioners are unhealthy because they can harbor mold or circulate germs. But in fact, this is only the case in air conditioners that are improperly maintained. Mold is not a common feature of air conditioners, of course – it's something that can grow if an air conditioner is broken or never cleaned; air conditioners don't circulate germs any more than ceiling fans do, as long as you remember to change their filters.
However, this does highlight the importance of having a contractor like Cleveland Plumbing & Heating Inc inspect your air conditioner annually and repair it if it is not working properly. And if you don't know how to change your filter, be sure to ask the contractor to show you when you have your inspection so that you can do it monthly in the future.