10 ways to ease the discomfort of air conditioning
Post Date
23rd April 2014
10 ways to ease the discomfort of air conditioning

There are very few workplaces or shopping centres around Australia that aren’t air conditioned. Many homes, especially in the north and west of the country, are also air conditioned. What’s more, information collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggests that the number of weeks we have those units switched on – whether to cool things down in summer or warm them up in winter – is on the rise. Being able to control temperature has obvious benefits, but it also comes with a few drawbacks, as anyone who has suffered from dry eyes in the office can attest! Here is a guide to the impact that air conditioners air can have, and how to deal with them.

Dry eyes

Air-conditioners often remove moisture from the air, and the resulting low humidity can cause the tear film protecting your eyes to dry out. This may leave your eyes feeling dry and uncomfortable.

What you can do

1. Help keep your eyes from drying out by blinking more often.

2. Use soothing eye drops to help rehydrate dry eyes and provide immediate relief. 

3. If you wear contacts or can’t stop to apply drops, try an eye spray which repair the eye’s natural protective moisture barrier and can be sprayed on closed eyes. 

Skin Irritation

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a condition where the skin becomes red, itchy and scaly, causing a lot of discomfort. There are many factors that can cause eczema, but the low humidity caused by air conditioning can be a trigger.

What you can do

4. Keeping skin moisturised can help to prevent a flare up of eczema. Apply a hypoallergenic moisturiser frequently. At home, experts advise that you moisturise skin within three minutes of showering to lock in moisture. 

5. The Eczema Association of Australasia suggests using a humidifier in dry or heated rooms to help keep the air moist. 

Throat irritation

Low humidity in the air can cause the mucous layers in the nose and throat to dry out, causing irritation and an annoying ‘tickling’ sensation in the throat. 

What you can do

6. Keep well hydrated. Drink lots of water throughout the day, or indulge in a warm drink with lemon and honey for something extra soothing.

7. Use throat lozenges like Strepsils Soothing Honey & Lemon Lozengers to soothe any throat soreness.

Allergy

Moisture that condenses on an air conditioners cooling coil can cause mould. Mould can make allergies worse. You can minimise the risk by making sure your air conditioner is serviced properly and functioning well.

What you can do

8. Be sure your home or office has enough ventilation.

9. Clean the filters regularly and get a qualified air conditioning mechanic to service your unit every year.

10. Try to stay at home when you’re sick to prevent the spread of contagious viruses around the office. 


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