Cold indoor temperatures can cause more than just discomfort and annoyance.
According to World Health Organization, during winters indoor temperatures should be maintained at a minimum of 64 degrees Fahrenheit and if the household has elderly members, infants or people with special needs the temperature should be set at minimum of 70 degrees. When the temperatures fall below this level, they don’t just make the place cold and unwelcoming, but also poses several health risks. In this post, our HVAC experts will discuss how cold indoor temperatures can harm your health.
Cold indoor air coupled with moisture leads to condensation and this can promote mold growth. All of us know that mold inhalation can cause a host of health problems including asthma, bronchitis, allergic rhinitis and emphysema. The problem is worsened by the fact that many modern homes have efficient sealing but poor ventilation. To counter this problem, you can use exhaust fans in different parts of your home. It is also important to schedule regular HVAC maintenance so that your system works efficiently and is free from mold.
Colds and Flu
Whether or not cold temperatures increase the vulnerability to cold and flu has been a matter of debate for years. Contrary to what some doctors have been saying since years, a recent study has shown that cold temperatures reduce your ability to fight viruses. This happens because low temperatures increase the viscosity of the mucous rendering it ineffective at warding off viruses.
Medical experts are of the opinion that cold indoor temperatures can aggravate the joint pain due to arthritic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. The drop in pressure may cause swelling in the ligaments and soft tissues surrounding the joints. This may cause pain. Even though this pain can be alleviated by exercise, massage and by keeping the area warm, it certainly can cause some discomfort.
Cold indoor temperatures are especially harmful for those suffer from some health conditions such as heart disease. It is has been shown that cold temperatures can increase the heart rate and blood pressure, which can be extremely dangerous for anyone who suffers from a heart ailment. It is advisable that the households that have heart patients should pay special attention to maintaining proper indoor temperatures.
It is a no brainer that for a relaxed night’s sleep, you need comfortable ambient temperature. Every person has an ideal internal body temperature that the body strives to maintain. Cold temperatures affect this equilibrium, and makes it difficult for you to drift off to sleep, maintain sleep, or wake up relaxed. We recommend that you try different temperature settings to find out what temperature levels suit you the best.
Call Air Excellence Heating and Cooling!
Cold indoor temperatures could be a result of many things, and the most important and common among them is an inefficient or malfunctioning heating system. Through proper care and maintenance from Air Excellence Heating and Cooling, you can get the best from your HVAC system and stay warm and comfortable during Missouri winters.