Yes, air conditioners can make you dizzy due to increased pollutants in the indoor air of the premises where it is commonly used excessively. Air conditioners are popularly used in Singapore due to the environmental conditions in the country.
People are so concerned about the comfort their aircon provides that they hardly think it can also adversely affect their health. In fact, air conditioner is not only a boon for Singaporeans but a bane also. To understand the health hazards of air conditioners, you will have to go through this write-up.
According to various studies held by Environmental Protection Agency in the recent past, more contaminants are found in indoor air compared to outdoor, primarily where air conditioners are used most of the time. They have found 2 to 5 times more pollution in the indoor air of the premises than its outside air due to air conditioners.
Why aircon makes you sick?
Accumulation of pollutants: Due to environmental conditions, aircon is excessively used in Singapore, which creates more pollution in the indoor air; whenever you turn on your central air conditioning system, the toxins collected in the duct flow into your room and pollute its environment.
The viruses, bacteria, fungi, pollen, dust mites and various other contaminants collected in the ductwork increase in number with time. If your duct work is leaky, it also absorbs the pollutants from outside. All of these pollutants are supplied to the indoor air through cool air of air conditioners and can make you sick.
Insufficient ventilation: Homes and offices where air conditioners are usually used are kept tightly closed to avoid the entry of hot and humid air from outside. This inadequate ventilation can also increase the level of pollution in the indoor air and the chances of your health problems.
The quality of indoor air in Singapore is prone to make you sick as most of Singaporeans spend almost 90% of their time in an air-conditioned environment. This polluted indoor air can cause even worse conditions for people already suffering from respiratory problems, allergies and various other health issues. Moreover, sometimes the affect of polluted indoor air becomes obvious several years after though the symptoms of polluted air are currently created.
Signs of polluted indoor air due to aircon
You can be alert for several health problems if you notice that indoor air quality is poor due to the excessive use of aircon. Commonly observed symptoms of the polluted indoor air are runny nose, irritation in eyes, watering and itchy eyes, throat soreness, dizzy feeling, fatigue, scratchy throat, sneezing, headaches, respiratory problem, skin rashes etc.
Improving the quality of indoor air
Inspection of ductwork: If a central aircon is fitted in the premises where you work or live then its ductwork should be inspected and cleaned frequently and regularly so that the pollutants collected in it can be removed easily and timely.
The re-growth of pollutants and molds after cleaning the duct work can be prevented by fitting UV lamps in it. if the ductwork is leaking, it should be sealed immediately so that it can not absorb the pollutants from outside. Repair of duct will not only reduce the chances of contamination of indoor air but also cut your power consumption as cracks in it allow cool air to escape out.
Installation of air purifier: A high-quality air purifier or air cleaner in your air con can also reduce the chances of indoor air contamination, making you sick and comforting you from Singapore’s hot and humid environment.
These air cleaners will filter the incoming air to remove airborne pollutants and improve the air quality in your room. Contaminants like pollens, spores, bacteria, viruses, and dust can be removed up to 98% from your indoor air using a high-quality air purifier.
Thus your aircon can make you dizzy and sick due to over-contamination of the indoor air, which can be controlled with some careful steps.