With the large amount of extreme heat during the hot months in Kenya, many are forced to seek relief from the stifling outdoor temperatures with the use air conditioners.
But despite the relief for high temperatures, air conditioners may not be the best option for health when it comes to cooling.
Main health problems with the use of air conditioning.
1. Health problems and constant tiredness.
There are studies that show that people who work in environments with air conditioning can experience chronic headaches and more fatigue.
They also experience constant irritation of the mucous membranes and breathing difficulties, which makes them more vulnerable to catching colds, flu and other diseases.
2. Dry skin.
Spending a lot of time in air-conditioned environments causes the skin to lose moisture. What is not counteracted with a constant supply of moisturizers can cause the appearance of dry skin.
3. Increase existing health problems.
The constant use of air conditioning can increase the symptoms of some existing diseases such as low blood pressure, arthritis and neuritis.
Even pain management is more difficult in people who spend a lot of time in air-conditioned environments.
4. Inability to deal with heat.
People who spend a lot of time in the air-conditioned environments find it increasingly difficult to withstand the high summer temperatures.
This is due to the stress that the body experiences when going from a cool environment to suffocating outdoor heat.
This heat intolerance is responsible for the increase in heat-related deaths that occur during heat waves.
5. Respiratory problems.
The car air conditioner can contain a lot of germs and microorganisms that can cause respiratory problems.
Air conditioners are also a known source in the transmission by air of diseases such as Legionella, a potentially fatal infectious disease that causes high fever and pneumonia.