Air Conditioner Causing Headaches? (Literally or Figuratively?)
Is your air conditioner causing headaches? If you suffer from splitting headaches when the cold air flows, you’ll want to schedule an air conditioner inspection as soon as possible. Physical headaches can lead to figurative headaches down the road, when the unit malfunctions and requires expensive repairs or completely breaks down and needs replacement.
It’s impossible to remotely diagnose how your air conditioner causes headaches, but we find that there are three main reasons:
Dirty Air Filters
AC filters have to be examined and replaced regularly. They should be inspected monthly and replaced as needed—usually every 30 to 60 days. When air filters are neglected, there’s often a buildup of debris, pollutants and allergens that could be dispersed throughout the home. Once these contaminants are circulated, they could cause severe headaches in allergen-sensitive individuals.
Although you might not think your AC is loud, it could actually be the cause of your painful headaches. Migraines are sometimes triggered by sounds, and an old, loud and inefficient air conditioner could be the culprit. Modern and new units are extremely quiet and could provide the relief you need from constant headaches.
In some instances, headaches appear because of dehydration. Some people are extremely sensitive to a drop in the indoor humidity and can experience severe headaches from the lack of moisture in the air—especially when sleeping at night.
To avoid an air conditioner causing headaches, make sure to keep well hydrated and try to avoid abrupt temperature/humidity changes. Instead of keeping the AC on all day, turn the unit on when you get home and allow your body to slowly adjust to the change in temperature/humidity.
Air conditioner headaches do affect some homeowners. If you find you suffer from headaches when the AC is on, it’s wise to invest some time and money to find the underlying cause before you have another headache on your hands—expensive AC repair bills!
For 30 years, Martino HVAC has provided reliable heating and cooling, air quality service and installation to residential, commercial and industrial customers in the Vaughan, Greater Toronto and Quinte Regions. We are proud of the service we provide and our commitment to our customers and our community.