Having an air conditioner in your home or place of work can be a great addition, especially during the hottest days of summer. Whether you have an HVAC unit or a window unit, having an air conditioner can keep your room cool and relaxing no matter how high the temperature gets outside.
However, air conditioners can also dry the air and make allergies worse. For some individuals, serious seasonal allergies can lead to a fever and general feelings of unwell. Can having an air conditioner in your home help if you have a fever? Let’s take a closer look.
Can Air Conditioners Cause A Fever?
Directly, an air conditioner cannot cause a fever. However, it can cause allergies in some individuals to worsen which can then lead to a fever as a result. Air conditioners are used to circulate cool air throughout closed rooms. As a result, you won’t have access to fresh air as much as you would if a breeze was coming in through a window.
If an air conditioner’s filter is not properly maintained, the air conditioner can collect pollen and other allergy causing air particles from the outdoors and send them into the enclosed room where they will stay and float around freely.
The cooler you have the air conditioner set, the more dry it can make the air around you. This dry air can also lead to inflamed membranes inside your nose and lungs which may lead to colds that come with or without a fever, seasonal allergy signs, and nose bleeds.
Can Air Conditioners Help With A Fever?
One of the most notable signs of having a fever is a hot feeling on the surface of your skin. Others around you may be comfortable and cool, while you might be overheating and uncomfortable.
In this situation, having an air conditioner set to a comfortable indoor temperature can help. The cool air will help calm your mind and cool your body, leading to a lower internal body temperature as well.
Additionally, sleep may come much easier when you feel cool and comfortable. Sleeping while you are hot or if you have a fever can be difficult. In fact, many medical professionals recommend sleeping at a chilly 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit for the best results and deepest sleep.
Setting your air conditioning thermostat to keep your room in this cool range can not only help you sleep better throughout the night, but can also help ease the discomfort caused from having a fever.
Maintaining an Air Conditioner for Your Health
One of the biggest things to stay on top of with an air conditioner is the air filter. Most air filters will need to be replaced every 2-3 months, but if you live in an area where pollen is extremely high or other factors cause an excess of dust such as in a home with pets, changing your filter on a monthly basis can be healthier.