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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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  • the fuze 2012/08/04 11:18:40
    No
    the fuze
    +2
    I love how the article tries to divide us... even on the use of air conditioning, politically. A weak attempt at best.

    I lean towards the conservative side of things but that has NO bearing on what I think about the weather. I can't stand humidity... THAT's why my AC is running.
  • DANNY59 2012/08/04 11:11:00
    Yes
    DANNY59
    I'm not saying it's harmful, it just drys out my throat, nose and mouth. Saying that though certainly doesn't mean I don't use it in the house. Here in Chicago we've had one of the hottest years on record, so I put up with a sore throat, and dry mouth, and stuffy nose.
  • Black-I... DANNY59 2012/08/05 18:01:54
    Black-Indian Girl
    Have you considered installing a humidifier? It would probably help with the dry throat and sinus irritation.
  • DANNY59 Black-I... 2012/08/05 22:35:00
    DANNY59
    Yes , we do have one and it helps to some degree. My biggest problem is, I take quite a few prescriptions that also cause dry mouth and throat, so it's really the combined effect of the AC/heating and the prescriptions.
  • paul 2012/08/04 11:01:42
    Yes
    paul
    +2
    Paying high electric bills is very Bad also.....I have to share the cat's dinner 2 days a week now.... cat food canned cat food
  • Stardust paul 2012/08/04 17:31:38
  • paul Stardust 2012/08/04 17:40:50
    paul
    $200 a month for Air here in Las Vegas.......no Joke! Uh don't worry the cat gets to eat in peace :) besides she doesn't share. greedy cat
  • Pocahontas 2012/08/04 10:17:33
    Yes
    Pocahontas
    +1
    Well, it could be. It's dangerous for you to be in a room where due to the air conditioning the temperature is 20 degrees and then go outside where it's like 15 degrees hotter.
  • Illjwamh 2012/08/04 09:02:37
  • Nish 2012/08/04 08:53:31
    Yes
    Nish
    Sometimes air condition cause to me block my nose and feel breathing disoder
  • Illjwamh Nish 2012/08/04 22:12:10
    Illjwamh
    +1
    That means you need to clean/change the filter.
  • Nish Illjwamh 2012/08/06 08:39:39
    Nish
    yeah maybe brother:))
  • Emily Barrington 2012/08/04 07:32:33 (edited)
    Yes
    Emily Barrington
    It nade me ill on what could have been a good holiday -_- the air conditioning got to my lungs and I was stuck in bed for days on end with a nasty cough.
  • Jessica 2012/08/04 06:09:26
    No
    Jessica
    +1
    The air conditioner isn't going to make the quality of air around me any worse. I assure you. All it can do is make me cold, and I certainly welcome that in summer.
  • Bunk11 2012/08/04 05:24:42
    No
    Bunk11
    An oddly balanced article for Slate.com. Air conditioning is way better than heat stroke.
  • Somkey the Hores 2012/08/04 05:06:50
    Yes
    Somkey the Hores
    Yes.
  • buneter 2012/08/04 04:25:18
    No
    buneter
    i dont care if it s ahealth risk or not im not ging to edie from heat exaust at 100* because my air might be bad for me
  • Nilam 2012/08/04 04:00:05
    No
    Nilam
    +1
    i work in a garage, its prolly 5-10 degree's hotter inside then out, its like working in an oven. coming home to a/c is nothing but good!
  • Relay 2012/08/04 03:59:02
    No
    Relay
    +1
    it keeps people happy and that's all that matters... plus i make good money installing ac units :)
  • gingin6 2012/08/04 03:24:59
    Yes
    gingin6
    Many don't realize it can be bad to have it on all the time. It's good to sweat a bit. Having it cold can cause allergens and effect your respiratory system. Esp if you dont change filters often enough. I only turn it on when necessary but beside the cost, I don't feel good having it all the time.
  • Aurora gingin6 2012/08/04 14:52:14
    Aurora
    Well that kinda flies in the face of you should keep you heater down in the winter due to the cold killing germs.
  • Michael S. 2012/08/04 03:19:34
    No
    Michael S.
    Ask the elderly who routinely die of hyperthermia without air conditioning...
  • Haruko.Haruhara 2012/08/04 03:13:02
  • william raggett 2012/08/04 02:56:29
    No
    william raggett
    I do air conditioning and it doesn't have to be stale recycled air and in commercial buildings and public buildings you have to bring in fresh air and condition it
  • American Nate 2012/08/04 02:35:16 (edited)
    No
    American Nate
    I hope not, otherwise everyone in Florida would be dead. It can get up to 90F in January and is hot & humid all year.



    humid
  • charles nelson 2012/08/04 02:24:18
    Yes
    charles nelson
    +1
    I think its bad for this country because its caused a shift in the population making people to get higher concentrations of UV rays which we all know causes brain damage giving you a funny accent and believe anything Fox tells you.
  • Muver 2012/08/04 02:15:17
    No
    Muver
    +1
    I grew up in the era pre air conditioning...our airconditioning was a fixed floor fan that you literally laid in front of to feel a little cool, but when the house is 90 degrees, it doesn't do much...and the windows were always open in the summer....OR if you were lucky you
    got to lay in bed in a stiffiling hot bedroom sweating while waiting for the small oscellating
    fan to blow back across your body....if you had a little extra money, you could buy another fan...Window fans were the most popular as they sucked the hot air in the house out, therefore making you think you felt cooler...I can tell you, it was pretty miserable...
    Some people would put a big chunk of ice, from the ice house, in a pan in front of a fan...our version of air conditoning...cars were not air conditioned either...they were available, but to expensive for most...air conditioning in cars in the 40's 50's and 60's was
    that little front sort of triangle shaped window, in front of the big window...and you positioned it to blow in your face as you drove...back windows had them as well, but at the back part of the window...of course the windows rolled down as well...My first
    taste of air conditioning was in the middle 60's in my first apartment...first airconditioned car...was in the 70's....Air conditioning ...
    I grew up in the era pre air conditioning...our airconditioning was a fixed floor fan that you literally laid in front of to feel a little cool, but when the house is 90 degrees, it doesn't do much...and the windows were always open in the summer....OR if you were lucky you
    got to lay in bed in a stiffiling hot bedroom sweating while waiting for the small oscellating
    fan to blow back across your body....if you had a little extra money, you could buy another fan...Window fans were the most popular as they sucked the hot air in the house out, therefore making you think you felt cooler...I can tell you, it was pretty miserable...
    Some people would put a big chunk of ice, from the ice house, in a pan in front of a fan...our version of air conditoning...cars were not air conditioned either...they were available, but to expensive for most...air conditioning in cars in the 40's 50's and 60's was
    that little front sort of triangle shaped window, in front of the big window...and you positioned it to blow in your face as you drove...back windows had them as well, but at the back part of the window...of course the windows rolled down as well...My first
    taste of air conditioning was in the middle 60's in my first apartment...first airconditioned car...was in the 70's....Air conditioning is an awesome invention...and good for your health...keeps your blood pressure down, allergies at bay, and sucks dust and allergy
    particles out the house or room, that is why the filters get dirty and need frequent cleaning...I could do without several things, air conditioning would not be one if I could help it...I feel good when I am cool....not so much when I am hot and sweating..
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  • Aurora Muver 2012/08/04 14:54:03 (edited)
    Aurora
    +1
    I remember the big chunks of ice I went with my Grandpa one day to get one and we put in front of a box fan and laid in front of it. Nice memories but I do like my AC. We also used the attic fan and open windows talk about respiratory problems OMG
  • Muver Aurora 2012/08/06 19:24:39
    Muver
    +1
    I miss a lot of things from the past....but I really do not miss that...LOL
  • clasact 2012/08/04 02:09:48
    No
    clasact
    +1
    no sleep because it to damm hot,not wanting to eat because its to damm hot...thats bad for you A/C ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh good
  • Elizabeth 2012/08/04 02:03:51
    No
    Elizabeth
    +1
    air conditioning just cools you down? whats so bad about that?
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/08/04 01:25:32
    Yes
    MOMMA THOMAS
    I EITHER CATCH A COLD OR HAVE ASTHMA (IF THE FILTER IS SMELLY.)
  • SA MOMMA T... 2012/08/04 15:05:15
    SA
    I also have Asthma. That is why we change the filter often.
  • MOMMA T... SA 2012/08/04 17:48:31
    MOMMA THOMAS
    NEVER HAD ASTHMA UNTIL MY WORKPLACE BARRED THE WINDOWS SO THAT THEY COULDN'T BE OPENED, AND INSTALLED AIR CONDITIONING.
  • SA MOMMA T... 2012/08/04 17:53:34
    SA
    I never had Asthma until I worked downtown where the pollution is really bad. Since I moved and no onger work there my asthma is under control.
  • Navin J... MOMMA T... 2012/08/05 02:14:11
    Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
    they made the windows so they couldn't be opened?? why?
  • MOMMA T... Navin J... 2012/08/05 06:14:38
    MOMMA THOMAS
    TOO MANY COSTLY BREAK-INS.
  • Navin J... MOMMA T... 2012/08/05 14:50:41
    Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
    argh,too bad ppl have to ruin others getting fresh air
  • lucythetooth 2012/08/04 00:58:55
    No
    lucythetooth
    +1
    Passing out from heat exhaustion is bad for me.
  • thefatguy 2012/08/04 00:46:52 (edited)
    No
    thefatguy
    I don't think it's bad for but I don't have A/C. I use a Fujitsu heat pump for my HVAC needs. Whisper quiet, low profile, ductless (no leaks) and cheap to run. I absolutely love it. But, not cheap (to purchase, I mean).

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