Too Much of a Good Thing: Don’t Overuse Your Air Conditioning

by Chris Long - July 5, 2018

Central Air  Thermostat

Central air is a remarkable thing.

It keeps us cozy during frigid winter nights and cools us on sweltering summer days. There are times where we sit back and wonder how humanity got by without it.

But when it comes to air conditioning, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. Blasting your air conditioning non-stop isn’t good for you or your energy bill.

Air conditioning overuse and health risks

To be clear, while overdoing your central air hasn’t been linked to actual sicknesses, running your AC non-stop can lead to:

Upper respiratory problems over air condition use1. Dry skin and colds

Spending too much time in conditioned air can dry out your skin and nasal passages. And dry, cold air can dry out your mucus membrane, leaving you susceptible to colds and upper respiratory infections.

2. Indoor air pollution

If the air in your home contains allergens, you might find yourself dealing with headaches, itchy or irritated eyes, and even trouble breathing. And if you already suffer from allergies, constant central air use can exacerbate your symptoms.

3. Heat intolerance

Spending too much time cocooned inside an air-conditioned home can make it tougher to deal with extreme heat when you head outside. You can find yourself dealing with dizziness, headaches or even heat stroke.

These types of issues can be avoided by making sure you clean and replace your HVAC filters on a regular basis, scheduling routine air conditioning service, and turning your system off when no one is at home or at night.

Other than air conditioning, how can I take care of myself in the summer?

Drink water to stay cool

This isn’t to say you should just turn off your AC and tough it out. It’s important to take care of yourself and your loved ones in the summer time. Some ways to do that include:

  • Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine and alcohol.
  • Learn to take rests as needed.
  • Take plenty of breaks when working outdoors, and try not to work alone.
  • Wear light and light-colored clothing, which won’t absorb heat.
  • Check in on neighbors and family members without central air.

How can I give my air conditioner a break?

Cooling off in a lake

Do you want to stay cool, while still avoiding paying an astronomical energy bill? Try these tips:

  • Try to keep from using appliances that generate heat – the dryer, your oven – during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Turn off the AC at night and open some windows, and use fans to distribute cooler air throughout the house.
  • Close blinds or curtains during the day to keep out the sun.
  • Visit some places that let you cool off. Take a swim at the public pool or a nearby lake, go see a movie or just spend a few hours at your local library.

Regular air conditioning service is important

One of the best ways to ensure you don’t need to blast your air conditioner is to make sure it runs as smoothly as possible.

If you’ve noticed your central air isn’t running the way it should be, contact All Seasons Comfort Control. We can inspect your system and make sure you and your family stay cool and comfortable all summer.

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