The Benefits of Air Conditioning for Houses

Air conditioning can not only provide a cool and pleasant environment in your home, but it can also provide many health benefits.

If you’re considering purchasing air conditioning for your home, check out the benefits you could be getting for your money.

What are the advantages of air conditioner?

As well as cooling the room to keep you comfortable, there are many health benefits of home air conditioning.

Improves air quality

Indoor air pollution is five times worse than outdoor air.

Air filtration has been shown to produce clear reductions in indoor pollution concentrations.

Many air conditioners will include filters which trap many types of allergens, smoke, and dust.

This makes the air healthier for you to breathe in and there is less chance of infections caused by bacteria.

Reduces humidity

Air conditioners take moisture out of the air which means they help reduce humidity to provide a more comfortable environment.

Experts recommend indoor humidity should be kept around 30 to 50% because humidity can trigger asthma attacks.

Increases productivity

By bringing in fresh air, air conditioners are supplying more oxygen which is of course important.

Higher levels of carbon dioxide have been linked to decreased performance.

During a Harvard study, students who lived in dorms without air conditioning during the hot summer months performed worse on cognitive tests than those with air conditioning.

If you feel like you need a bit of a boost to get things done around your home, it could be that your temperature needs adjusted.

Stick on your air conditioning and you may feel like tackling that to-do list.

Less noise

With air conditioning, there is no particular need to open windows which can let in a lot of noise.

Especially if you live in an urban area or busy city.

Traffic and other noise can affect your concentration or prevent you from sleeping.

Some people also love to hear the white noise or gentle hum from an air conditioner, especially when they’re trying to sleep.

Less pests

With less need to open windows and doors for fresh air, there should be fewer pests getting into your home.

There’s nothing more annoying than a bluebottle fly buzzing around your room when you’re trying to sleep.

Improves sleep quality

It can be good to sleep with air conditioning because a cooler room effects circadian rhythms which control our bodily processes such as body temperature and our sleep-wake cycle.

An ideal temperature can help regulate our core body temperature and improve our sleep quality.

The best temperature for sleeping is 18.3 degrees Celsius which an air conditioner can help regulate.

Can be used for heat

Not only can an air conditioner provide cool air, but it can also supply heat.

It can be used as a heat pump that can deliver 3 times as many kW of heat which is more energy efficient than other heat sources and can also help to reduce your bills.

Helps equipment last longer

Equipment can overheat which can cause it to breakdown unexpectedly and need repaired.

Air conditioning helps to keep your room at a consistent cool temperature that can protect your expensive gear such as speakers or computers.

This can help to extend the life of your equipment and provide you with better value for money.

Reduces odours and fumes

Many air conditioners have filters which will remove odours and fumes such as smoke or other bad smells.

This not only makes it more pleasant because it gets rid of horrible smells, but it improves the air quality to reduce you breathing in these pollutants.

Prevents allergies

In 75% of U.S. households, ducted air conditioning was good for filtering out airborne allergens.

This can include pet dander or pollen.

If you’ve ever found yourself suffering from your hay fever with itchy eyes and sneezing without even stepping outside, then air conditioning can be a great solution.

Prevents mould

Air conditioners remove moisture, and mould loves moisture.

By removing the moisture, you are reducing the chances of mould or damp in your home.

Mould and damp can, not only look unsightly, but mould can produce allergens and sometimes toxic substances.

By inhaling or touching mould spores, it could cause a reaction. From minor reactions such as sneezing, red eyes, and rashes, to more serious ones such as asthma attacks.

Improves security

When you have air conditioning, you don’t need to open your windows or doors as much.

It’s easy to forget to close a window or want to keep it open while you sleep to be more comfortable.

But this can mean your house isn’t secure. With an air conditioning unit, this isn’t a problem.

Reduces risk of dehydration and heat stroke

Sleeping with air conditioning on may prevent dehydration and heatstroke.

It keeps the air cool and comfortable, so you don’t sweat which can cause dehydration.

Dehydration may not seem particular serious, but it can cause headaches, dry mouth, muscle cramps, and frequent urination at night.

Over the course of a full day, you lose 300-400ml of water just from breathing. And most of that is during sleep.

Are there side effects of air conditioners?

You may have some side effects from an air conditioner but generally this is by prolonged exposure or by not maintaining it.

Side effects may include:

  • Dehydration
  • May irritate airways
  • Headaches.

Is it worth having air conditioning in the UK?

Yes. It is worth having air conditioning in the UK as temperatures have been rising.

In 2022 there were 3,271 deaths during hot periods in England and Wales. That was 6.2% higher than the five-year average.

On the hottest day of 2022, there were 638 more deaths than normal.

It’s important to be aware of your heat tolerance and stay inside when temperatures are rising and enjoy a nice air-conditioned room instead.

How often should air conditioning be serviced?

Your air conditioning in your home should be serviced at least once a year.

You can clean your filter on a regular basis to avoid it becoming clogged and allowing particles to filter into your home.

A general service should be carried out by a professional on an annual basis to keep it lasting its best for longer and giving you better value for money.

Air conditioning has many health benefits as well as providing a comfortable environment in your home.

From improving sleep quality, to removing allergens, an air conditioning system can greatly improve the quality of life in your home.

Add Heat specialise in air conditioning systems and are OFTEC registered.

If you’d like advice on air conditioning for your home, contact us today.

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