Why Have Air Conditioning?
A well maintained air conditioning system enables you to create the right temperature and a comfortable humidity, helping you feel fresh and more active, resulting in many advantages both at home and in the workplace. One who feels comfortable is certainly more creative and productive during those hot summer months (or should we say weeks, given the recent summer!). The primary purpose of an air conditioning unit is to give a cool and comfortable environment.
However, depending on the type of model, an air conditioning unit will have various functions such as heating, dehumidifying or fan only. These alternative functionalities can be suited to those with asthma whereby the temperature can be set, when dehumidifying the unit will get rid of moisture in the air without dropping the room temperature.
What is the effect on your health?
One of the most effective solutions to lower concentration of air pollutants is ventilation, humidity control and filters. This is where air conditioning can offer a complete solution. A well maintained system will filter the air, adjust humidity and provide the optional integrated ventilation (thus requiring a less effective filter due to the nature of the process). Note: The efficiency of an air conditioning filter is measured in the percentage of arrestance of particles. The arrestance describes how well an air filter removes larger particles such as dirt, lint, hair, and dust. Houses and buildings are designed and constructed to reduce the energy required to heat and cool the house.
Although to do this, ventilation has been restricted which means that humidity levels are maintained within the building by re-circulating the same air and pollutants. Therefore without good ventilation or an air conditioner system, dust, mold, smoke, viruses, bacteria, fungus, mildew and gasses circulate through the building. It is now apparent that more health conscious people are drawing their attention to indoor air quality. There are various health effects an individual may experience from indoor air pollutants soon after exposure or possibly even years later.
However, a well-maintained air conditioning system is able to prevent or reduce some of the health effects. It is worth noting that dust (previously mentioned), derives from the skin, hair, clothes or just comes off shoes when walking. The mildew, fungus and mold enters with the dust and the gasses can be caused by dyes, adhesives, paints, varnishes etc. There’s no getting away from it! What is the effect on personal performance? Studies have proved that there is a close correlation between performance of an individual and the temperature of his/her immediate surroundings. An environment without aircon that is too hot, too cold will not contribute to a higher working efficiency.
What is the effect on indoor Equipment? (something not always considered)
Air conditioning does not only offer the comfort or a required temperature and clean, healthy air, but it is of great benefit to your indoor equipment. This is especially where the function of dehumidifying is considered. It has been discovered that the low humidity level can extend the lifetime of your equipment. In order for your air conditioning system to achieve this, a humidity level of 40-60 % is advised for a good conservation of indoor equipment.
With all of the above in mind, it is understandable as to why a periodical maintenance check is essential. If you ensure your system is serviced (at least once per annum) by a reputable company offering a complete Preventative Breakdown Maintenance, you can be rest assured that your air conditioning will be operating at its optimum and save money.
Why Have Air Conditioning?