Firstly, what is the purpose of an air conditioner?
In essence, an air conditioner’s job is to cool down its surrounding area, not as you would imagine by creating cold air flow but rather by removing the heat within the designated area. However, it does much more than this.
Breaking it down to its most basic elements, an air conditioning system has 3 main components:
- The evaporator coil – this soaks up the heat
- The compressor – this draws low-pressure, cool refrigerant from your home
- The condenser coil – this is a warm coil positioned outside and removes the heat from the refrigerant.
These components work together in the following way:
- The refrigerant flows into the condenser coil
- The compressor then restricts the refrigerant making it’s temperature higher than the external temperature.
- Outside, the refrigerant draws heat from the condenser coil until it is sufficiently cooled and then flows back again into the building to absorb more heat.
- The refrigerant goes through this process until the building is at the right temperature set by your thermostat.
Having an air conditioner used to be considered an extravagance but now it usually comes as standard in the likes of offices and public transport. Essentially, it has become part of everyday life, even though we’re very rarely aware of it.
So, let’s have a look at the benefits and cons of having air conditioning in your house:
- Believe it or not, getting too hot can affect mental ability as well as affecting exercise levels. Air conditioning can help with this by increasing productivity levels on both physically and mentally.
- Living and working in an acceptable temperature environment makes a person more productive.
- Lower temperatures help to ensure a lower risk of bugs and parasites.
- Lower temperatures equals less perspiration and better hydration.
- Air Conditioning helps with pollen for those who struggle with this particular issue.
Providing you keep your air conditioner in good working order and it has been installed properly it will, in effect, improve and renew the quality of air in your environment.
- A sudden increase in humidity and temperature can, in some cases, affect breathing.
- It could dry out your skin.
- It’s noisy. You might want to think before installing it in a bedroom.
- In extreme cases the fluctuating air could potentially spread diseases
- For some, dust and fungi in the air could cause a hypersensitive reaction. It has been known to be connected to Rhinitis (swelling in the nostrils), Pharyngitis (soreness of the throat), Conjunctivitis(inflammation in the eye) as well as Blepharitis (irritation round the eyelids).
Things to bear in mind:
- Places with air-conditioning installed absolutely have to be aired on a regular basis.
- The system has to be installed according to the manufacturers recommendations and serviced regularly from Aircor Chicago Heating and AC Cooling Services or your local technician.
- The temperature of the room should always be between 21 and 25ºC and humidity levels should be between 60 and 70%