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Is Air Conditioning Bad for You?

Daryl 2012/08/03 18:00:00
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Air conditioning is stale and recycled air... so it's not a big surprise that there's a belief that it's not too good for you. Do you buy it?

SLATE.COM reports:
A few weeks ago, an academic journal called Weather, Climate and Society posted a curious finding about how Americans perceive the heat and cold. A team of researchers at the University of Oklahoma asked 8,000 adults living across the country to state both their political leanings and their impressions of the local weather.
finding americans perceive heat cold team researchers university oklahoma 8000

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  • Ian laydeel... 2012/08/05 08:08:29 (edited)
    Ian
    +1
    You do have a point, when i lived with my parents we did not have central heating till 1977, just a rayburn and coal fire.
    Till then we never had colds or flu, after the central heating went in we had colds and flu.
    I used to keep the small fan on hot and have a bath, i was able to jump out of the bath grab a towel and land in front of the fan,Bruce Lee would have been proud of that jump, it was so cold in that bathroom i used to squat on the toilet to pee and i was a boy!
    But i was out in t shirt when all my friends would be in thicker clothes, they would say here he comes "ice man"
    Now i do have more colds and feel the cold more.
  • laydeel... Ian 2012/08/06 01:41:11
    laydeelapis
    Haha, I had one of those fans too! And yeah, it makes you used to it. I'm from Iran but I live in Canada. The winters here get pretty cold but when I go back to Iran, it's like, I'm wearing a T-shirt and all my relatives are in sweaters. And when my grandmother visited us (in spring), she would be wearing my winter coat! xD
  • Ian laydeel... 2012/08/06 06:45:03
    Ian
    +1
    I know what you are on about,came back from Yemen to London and it was a hot summer day i had a leather jacket on i was cold everyone was looking dull at me.
  • Raymond59 2012/08/05 04:02:06
    No
    Raymond59
    +2
    If anyone is concerned about "stale air," I have a suggestion: "Turn the Air Conditioner off & open a Window." Also, If you're worried about the Health effects of recycled Air, get a HEPA Air Filter. I think that the academic journal called "Weather, Climate and Society" has too much time on their hands! GET A HOBBY!
  • JERSEYDUDE 2012/08/05 03:30:45 (edited)
    Yes
    JERSEYDUDE
    of course it is and the 153 people who voted NO dont know their ass from the elbow
  • I(◕‿◕✿)I JERSEYDUDE 2012/08/05 04:25:23
    I(◕‿◕✿)I
    I voted no. I agree with PC Gamer Name "Angry Assassin".
  • JERSEYDUDE I(◕‿◕✿)I 2012/08/05 07:43:30
    JERSEYDUDE
    the ? was is AC bad for you....the answer is yes
  • I(◕‿◕✿)I JERSEYDUDE 2012/08/05 20:36:31
    I(◕‿◕✿)I
    I say no, and that's your opinion. Maybe its bad for you if you never change the filter and have it on all day and all night, but that would be stupid anyway. Read what the person above me said its make way more sense. Even if you think it's bad, then open a window!
  • Ariel G... I(◕‿◕✿)I 2013/07/19 19:06:28
    Ariel Guerrero
    +2
    F**k you motherf***ker.
  • Flamingolady 2012/08/05 03:29:24
    No
    Flamingolady
    +1
    We had no air conditioning when I was a kid, but now as a retiree, could not think what it would be like without it.
  • Walt 2012/08/05 03:05:35
    No
    Walt
    +1
    Around here, anyone stupid enough to believe that probably has already had a heat stroke and died. (I have no intention of attending their funeral, since I have a serious problem with stupid people.)
  • chrystal97 2012/08/05 03:04:26
    Yes
    chrystal97
    +1
    Not just that, but also those who like the temperature lower have a hard time adapting to hot weather. Here it can get upwards of 100 degrees, yet those who stay inside with that 65 degree air conditioner can't stand being outside for a few minutes.
  • mark chrystal97 2012/08/05 04:36:20
    mark
    65 degrees!? Wow , I'd be freezing! Years ago I set the thermostat in the summer at 71 degrees. The past few years I have been setting it at 75 degrees. I'm just fine at 75 degrees. It's just a matter of getting accustomed to the setting.
  • Ian mark 2012/08/05 07:59:13
    Ian
    +1
    I think you get used to anything,worked in Yemen for a while, and the guide was swotting flies with his hand.
    I asked him do these flies bother you Youseph to which he replied "what flies"
    He did not notice thet were there, what was made me laugh was that if he did not notice the flies, he also did not know that he was swotting the flies.
    It had become a reflex action,one that he was unaware of.
  • ParkMan 2012/08/05 03:00:49
    No
    ParkMan
    +2
    I'll take:
    air conditioning

    over:
    oppressive heat

    anyday
  • Navin Johnson (The Jerk) 2012/08/05 02:12:07
    Yes
    Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
    +1
    it can be if you never ever open your windows for fresh air,there are many more pollutants indoors then outdoors,i only turn on my AC when it's absolutly nessecary,when it's well over 90 with humidity,besides,i like the feel of fresh air compared to air conditioned air.
    i swear some ppl seem to fear freah air,who has the AC running when it's 75=80 out? c'mon!
  • jere.chievres 2012/08/05 01:26:07 (edited)
    Yes
    jere.chievres
    +2
    I grew up in Florida without it, now I have it because you can't hardly find a house with out it. In Europe we did not have it either and I did not miss it.
  • CAPISCE 2012/08/05 00:38:56
    No
    CAPISCE
    +1
    I live in Florida, trust me Air Conditioning is a God send
  • YepIDidItSo 2012/08/04 19:24:12
    No
    YepIDidItSo
    +2
    no. It is icy cool goodness for my skin!
  • elvira 2012/08/04 19:19:19
    Yes
    elvira
    Yes, if you don't change your filters it is. You open your doors during the course of the day; so, you do get fresh air in from time to time. Most homes are not air tight. The biggest problem with heating and air-conditioning is not changing your filters regularly. Remember to change them at least every three months.

    I would not give up my air-conditioning too easily.
  • SA elvira 2012/08/04 22:35:09
    SA
    We always change the filters. I don't understand why others find it hard to do. I have Asthma, but I haven't had problems with my Asthma going on two years.

    I love my A/C.
  • elvira SA 2012/08/04 23:00:05
    elvira
    +1
    Glad to hear about your asthma. I hope it continues to be under control for the rest of your life.
  • SA elvira 2012/08/04 23:07:25
    SA
    Thank you.
  • elvira SA 2012/08/04 23:14:13
    elvira
    +1
    You are welcome. :)
  • mark elvira 2012/08/05 04:43:27
    mark
    With 2 small dogs I change mine about every 30 to 45 days. I have also been using 2200 MPR filters recently but man are they expensive.
  • elvira mark 2012/08/05 12:35:00
    elvira
    +1
    I have three Labradors. I change air filters (3M Filtrete) every three months as they recommend. Yes, filters can be expensive. Breathing air that is recycled and not filtered could end up costing you more. Just imagine breathing in the microparticles in the dirty filter. You get an A+ in filter changing. :)
  • Twinkle 2012/08/04 18:51:53
    No
    Twinkle
    Hmm well what worst the dyeing of the heat or the nice cold air.
  • Shahd 2012/08/04 18:17:07
    No
    Shahd
    it gives me the flue sometimes but there's no way I could survive in this weather without it.
  • tom C 2012/08/04 18:15:30
    No
    tom  C
    +1
    heat stroke is bad for you......
    Many Air Conditioning people will design a system that uses a small amout of outside air ducted into the system....

    Also.....no home is 100% airtight....there are leaks in many places....so expect some fresh air to sneak in....
  • Navin J... tom C 2012/08/05 02:07:00
    Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
    it seems as if some ppl think fresh air is poison
  • Larry 2012/08/04 18:03:44
    No
    Larry
    +1
    no matter it's better than a heat stroke
  • Steve 2012/08/04 17:57:21
    No
    Steve
    Fresh filters keep the air clean, Imagine sitting in your house with temps over 100 degrees. I know there are some who have to and I do feel for them. I am very thankful for air conditioning.
  • Keegan The Fabulous 2012/08/04 17:56:45
    No
    Keegan The Fabulous
    The argument that air that gets air conditioned is stale is moot, because the earth recycles its atmosphere just as an air conditioner recycles a house's air. I don't know about you, but I think Earth's recycled atmosphere is full of fresh air.
  • Stardust 2012/08/04 17:33:59
  • Commander Pyle 2012/08/04 16:40:46
    No
    Commander Pyle
    Try living in a place that frequents 100 weather summer long. That recycled air is godsend.
  • PumpkinMuncher 2012/08/04 16:30:20
    No
    PumpkinMuncher
    +2
    It may be true but I dont care, because heat strokes are bad for you as well.
  • SA 2012/08/04 14:55:52
    No
    SA
    +1
    Not as bad as the heat is. Because of my Epilepsy if I am too hot I can and have become dehydrated and ill. With my A/C on I can always cover up if I get cold.

    But even taking a shower, keeping my hair wet does not do anything for me once I'm hot. Even drinking liquids do not help if I'm hot.
  • Aurora 2012/08/04 14:49:56
    Yes
    Aurora
    But I love it, when it gets really hot and the humidity is the same as the temperature I love it, but my electric bill skyrockets. I think it is bad for you when you have to run in and out of the AC and the heat. I even catch myself saying to my husband and my kid to shut the door we are air conditioning the neighborhood. I remember my mom's air conditioning in the car when we were kids, roll all the windows down and drive 40 miles an hour.
  • Leo Smulders 2012/08/04 14:11:12
    No
    Leo Smulders
    Actually it can be good or bad at the same time, largely depends on various circumstances (one of them: how hot would it become if airco turned off).
  • MW121 2012/08/04 11:22:28
    No
    MW121
    Mine runs non-stop when it's hot.. I couldn't survive if I didn't have AC

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