How does Aircon Help Under Hazy Conditions?
Many of us would ask whether staying in an aircon room helps during hazy conditions. The answer is “Yes” and you would immediately smell the haze (i.e. the burning smell) when you walk out from an aircon room during the day when the PSI is high.
Aircon comes with filtering system and if it is well-maintained, it should be able to filter some of the pollutants/haze and maintain better air quality as compared to outdoor air when PSI is high. If the room is properly sealed, it should also prevent the pollutants outdoor from mixing with the air in the room.
During the Singapore haze season (from June to October), individuals with respiratory problems are actually encouraged by doctors to stay indoor (preferably in an aircon room). This is to avoid triggering unnecessary reaction when the individuals breath in the pollutants or haze. Besides respiratory problems, the air pollutants which include particulate matter, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide can affect people with heart disease and cause eyes, nose and throat irritation in healthy individuals. Pro-long exposure to these pollutants especially when the pollutants concentration is high (i.e. high PSI levels) may have serious health consequences. It is advisable to stay indoor and drink lots of water when the PSI is high.
People with foresight would schedule their aircon servicing in advance because it is quite difficult to book a slot with the aircon service provider during the haze season. They usually call the aircon service provider in March and book their aircon servicing for the month of May, July and September (during the peak season of haze) because they would like to avoid facing a malfunctioning aircon during the haze season. You may wish to plan your aircon servicing in advance too.
Read more about the deep cleansing of aircon in the form of aircon chemical cleaning, aircon steam cleaning and aircon overhaul. You may also wish to know whether your should exercise in an aircon room during haze season.