Your air conditioner blissfully tempers the blazing summer sun with a cool blast of air. But did you know that the cold, comforting air could harm your skin if preventative measures are not taken? The good news is you don't have to sacrifice air conditioning to protect your skin and there are many things you can do to prevent these effects, but first, let's take a closer look at the possible negative side-effects of A/C on your skin.
Air conditioning systems tend to remove the moisture in indoor environments indiscriminately. This implies they also pull moisture from your skin. That makes your skin's outer layers very dry. Eventually, the inner layers are affected, making your skin feel stretchy, flaky, and itchy. The remedy here is humidification. Your whole home humidifier from Hartman Brothers can keep you cool while your skin stays hydrated.
Reduced Oil Production
Your skin naturally produces oils that are beneficial to its health and texture. Air conditioning lowers the temperature of your surroundings. As a result, sweat production reduces, causing toxins to remain within your skin. Oil production also reduces, leading to dull, dehydrated, and unhealthy skin. For this reason, it is recommended that occasional breaks be taken from air conditioned rooms and buildings.
Continual drying of your skin can cause dermatitis. If you already have a skin condition like rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema, air conditioning can aggravate it. Remember cooling + humidification means less drying and healthier skin. Do you have a humidity gauge in your home to check for the proper levels? A comfortable humidity range for humans is between 30% - 50%.
Prematurely Aging Skin
Air conditioning can also make your skin age prematurely. Your skin begins shriveling as it loses its moisture. Consequently, its elastic properties reduce. Failure to replace the water that's constantly being drawn out of your skin tissues results in dry skin that's prone to wrinkling and creasing. Again, this is entirely preventable with appropriate humidification. Talk to Hartman Brothers to ensure your whole home HVAC system is working for you and keeping you and your skin healthy.
How to Combat A/C Effects on Skin
The good news is you don't have to sacrifice air conditioning to protect your skin. Follow the tips below:
- - Change your A/C filters every four to six weeks.
- - Drink at least eight glasses of water daily.
- - Apply a moisturizer regularly to replace the hydration that's been lost from your skin.
- - Take regular breaks from air-conditioned rooms.
- - Run a humidifier whenever you're planning to use your air conditioner for an extended period.
Many home HVAC systems include built-in humidification. If yours doesn't, not to worry! The technicians at Hartman Brothers can visit your home and give you options to upgrade your home's HVAC equipment so that the proper humidity levels are maintained.
As you enjoy the welcomed relief that air conditioning provides from the sweltering outdoor conditions, don't forget to take the necessary precautions to diminish its drying effects on your skin. To learn more about A/C effects, contact Hartman Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning. We provide reliable air conditioning sales, repair, and maintenance to residents in the Fort Wayne area.
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