How not to catch cold under air conditioning: the main rules

Alina MilsentLife
Rules for using air conditioners in summer

The air conditioner is a real savior in the summer heat, but its excessive use can provoke health problems. Such a cold is often called "air conditioner disease", as it is connected to a sharp temperature difference and too polluted air in the rooms where the device is switched on.

It is important to keep the right temperature ratio: in summer, the room should be at most 5-7 °C cooler than outside, with the norm of humidity 40-60%. OBOZREVATEL collected the most important rules that will help not to catch a cold under the air conditioner

Symptoms of "air conditioner disease"

Among the main symptoms of a cold caused by an air conditioner, doctors determine:

  • runny nose;
  • nasal congestion;
  • itching in the nose;
  • dry and sore throat:
  • tearing and redness in the eyes;
  • coughing;
  • increased body temperature.

Why colds occur

The main reason for the occurrence of symptoms of the disease is the difference in temperature. Too dry air in an air-conditioned room causes dry mucous membranes, red eyes and nasal congestion.

If the air conditioner is turned on without ventilating the room, bacteria will begin to multiply due to poor air circulation and low oxygen levels. The device itself also accumulates dust and dirt, which fly around the room.

How not to catch a cold in summer under the air conditioner

  1. Observe the correct temperature difference.
  2. Do not set the temperature below 20 °C.
  3. Do not stay under the cold air jet for a long time.
  4. Clean the air conditioner regularly to prevent pathogenic germs from accumulating in it.
  5. Use a humidifier.
  6. Ventilate the room before turning on the air conditioner.
  7. Turn off at night or set the temperature to at least 25 °C.
  8. Turn on the air conditioner at maximum speed to cool the room quickly, but not for more than 5-10 minutes. Then switch the device to the minimum cooling mode.

Earlier OBOZREVATEL shared that energy industry asked Ukrainians to urgently "screw" air conditioners.

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