Air Conditioning Use With Caution
Undoubtedly the air conditioning helps us to withstand periods of great heat which apparently in recent years become more and more intense. The air conditioning use in the home, in the office and also in the car but you must keep in mind some basic rules that allow us to not turn the instant benefit that we derive from our fresh artificial damage to our health. The air conditioning is not very harmful if used in the right way especially because in addition to freshen the air is able to remove most of the moisture in the environment, the main cause of our discomfort: thanks to this useful tool we can work in comfortable, we can enjoy quiet nights and to make road trips not traumatic.
What are the problems that can result from improper use of air conditioning?
First, the flow of conditioned air should not be too cold: it is important not to set the thermostat at very low temperatures so that the gap between internal and external temperature is not excessive (approximately the temperature maintained by the air conditioner should be five to six degrees in less than the outside temperature). The temperature changes are in fact harmful to our respiratory system because extreme cold causes a sort of block of the natural system of defense of the respiratory tract, causing a decrease in the vascularization of the respiratory mucosa and a consequent paralysis of the tiny cilia that line the mucosal same whose function is precisely to remove from the body the microorganisms present in the air we breathe. For this reason we can run in the classic cold illnesses including colds, sore throats and bronchitis and, besides these, we risk even headache, stiff neck, joint pain, muscle pain, and abdominal pain that can sometimes be even accompanied by dysentery.
Poor maintenance and cleaning of air conditioning can cause the onset of disorders also serious because its filters appliances lurk pollen, dust mites (which can cause asthma attacks in people allergic) and microorganisms of all types (bacteria, fungus, mildew, etc.). Among them is particularly important bacillus Legionella pneumophila, which causes Legionnaires’ disease. This organism lives and reproduces very well in the warm-moist inside air conditioners and the disease of which it is responsible is characterized by fever, cough and gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea); in serious cases it can also evolve into pneumonia.