ComfortWhile this benefit is obvious, it is the main reason why most people use air conditioning. Comfort is important for well-being and enjoyment of life. However, air conditioning can lead to discomfort if the thermostat setting is too low. Shivering in the middle of July is no more comfortable than shivering in the middle of January. Make sure the temperature is set at a comfortable level at your home, store, or office.
ProductivityThis benefit ties into being in an environment that's optimal for the body's functioning. When a person is hot, more of his blood is diverted to the skin where it is cooled before circulating through the body. More blood in the skin means less blood is available to provide oxygen and nutrients to the brain, organs, and muscles of the body. This is why you are more intellectually active and physically energetic in an air-conditioned room than in the sweltering heat. This promotes high productivity and means you'll get more things done at work and at home.
SleepAdequate and uninterrupted sleep is vital to your health and mental functioning, and a comfortable environment promotes sleep. Being able to keep the windows closed at night prevents outside noise from interrupting your sleep.
InsectsWhile intact screens keep out mosquitoes and most other air-borne pests, some insects, such as very small gnats, can get through ordinary screens. Closed windows keep these pests out.
Home SecurityAnother benefit of keeping your windows closed and locked at night is that it makes home entry more difficult. Screens can be quietly cut by an intruder while breaking into locked windows means breaking the glass, which is noisy and attracts attention.
Senior HealthThe elderly have less tolerance to high heat and humidity than the rest of the population. Extreme heat can be very hazardous for them. This is why you should always check on your grandparents/parents during heat waves to ensure that their air conditioners are on and working properly.
Air QualityAn air conditioner that is properly maintained and operated reduces pollen, air particulates, bacteria, dust, house mites, and pet fur. This is especially important for those who suffer from allergies and respiratory conditions. Make sure to take a close look at the air filter the next time you clean or replace it.
Remember that these benefits only occur with well-maintained air conditioners set at the right temperature. If your AC unit isn't functioning as it should, give us a call – we’d be happy to come check it out and get it working correctly again!