Office AC can make eyes dry, itchy and red: Here’s what you need to do

In an effort to provide a comfortable environment to employees, most of the workplaces these days have a centralised air-conditioning system. However, little do we know about the kind of harm air conditioners do to our health, especially eyes. While air conditioners provide relief and help us stay in cool temperatures, most of us are unaware that they create an artificial temperature change which in turn is unhealthy.

Falling sick quite often without any particular reason could be due due to the long hours spent working in an air-conditioned environment. While the entire immune system is affected by the air conditioners, eyes, being a sensitive part of the body, are the most affected.

One of the major causes for dryness of the eyes, redness, itchiness, irritation, eye strain, recurring headaches and blurring of vision, etc is the air conditioner. Air conditioners reduce humidity and cause evaporative dry eye. As the temperature decreases, it reduces the Meibomian gland’s ability to secrete oils that keep the tears from evaporating too quickly. Further, AC ducts contain moulds, bacteria and virus which cause inflammation in the eye, thereby becoming a multifactorial source which cause harm to the eyes.

The dryness in the eyes reduces performance at workplace and thereby affects personal confidence. Although not life-threatening, people tend to neglect it which further affects the entire body system resulting in dry skin, allergy, generalised fatigue, osteoporosis and respiratory disorders.

Precautions to be taken to prevent the impact of AC on your eyes:
– Cover yourself properly
– Avoid sitting close to the AC
– Maintain room temperature. It is recommended to set the temperature above 25 degrees Celsius.
– Air conditioners reduce humidity in the air which can lead to dryness in the eyes. In order to prevent this, water can be kept in containers in the corners of the room; the water will evaporate and spread in the room and thereby increase the overall humidity.
– Prolonged usage of air conditioners can lead to formation of moulds and bacteria in the ducts which results in foul smell and infections. Hence, maintenance of the AC is very important.
– Maintain body hydration by consuming more fluids (for example: water, juices and milk). Avoid taking too much coffee or tea. The minimum recommended fluid intake is 2.5–3 litres per day.

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Enerlyf February 2, 2019 0 Comments

Saving energy in the office - at the perfect temperature

In an era of rising energy costs, growing awareness of climate protection and conservation of resources, energy management is becoming an increasingly important theme for companies. In this context, heating and air conditioning certainly rank amongst the main cost drivers, alongside electricity for office equipment and lighting. Yet the potential for savings is enormous.
Small and medium-sized companies frequently baulk at the costs of the investments needed here, especially if it means structural changes to premises that are not purpose-built. However, it is often possible to cut energy consumption with minimum resources. According to the German Energy Agency (dena) you can save energy significantly just by setting the ventilation, heating or cooling level to suit the actual requirement.

SAVING ENERGY: DETERMINING THE CORRECT ROOM TEMPERATURE

Everyone has their own personal perception of cold and heat. So men are often too hot in the office, while women sit at their computers and freeze. The upshot of this is that people are constantly turning the heating up and down or opening the windows. Neither of these is remotely conducive to efficient energy management. The fact is that every time a room is heated up, more energy is used. A temperature somewhere in the middle, at which as many people as possible can work comfortably, is a good compromise for a start. In offices this will be around 20–22 degrees. Usually this can be achieved by setting the radiator thermostats to medium. In communal areas, staff kitchens, hallways or toilets the temperature can be even lower than that.

SAVING ENERGY: MAINTAINING THE IDEAL TEMPERATURE

An electronic heating controller is a good idea for maintaining the selected temperature. Its clock can be programmed to different times. This enables the temperature to be lowered, for instance during the night or at weekends, when the offices are empty. Depending on the building architecture, energy savings of between 3 and 16 per cent can be made if a night economy mode is used.* But it must not become too cold — because if you allow the temperature to fall too low the rooms will have to heat up again, using considerably more energy. While the heating is on, the doors and windows should be kept shut with a good seal if possible so that the hot air cannot escape from the office. Correct ventilation is also a key factor, so that as little heat as possible is lost whilst allowing plenty of fresh air into the room. Ventilating for brief periods with the window fully open is the quickest way to exchange stale air for fresh without cooling the walls down.

* Source: Peters, Aribert. Nutzlose Nachtabsenkung. Energiedepesche. 2012, 2/2012 (Pointless night-time temperature reduction. Energy dispatches)

SAVING ENERGY: USING THE AIR CONDITIONING EFFICIENTLY

Air conditioning systems are very energy-intensive, but in many offices you just couldn’t do without them. Huge savings can be achieved simply by using them correctly. While the air conditioning is on, windows and doors should always be closed. The right temperature setting is absolutely critical: extreme settings use unnecessary energy and at the same time increase the risk of employees feeling too cold. Variance by just a few degrees from the outside temperatures is often enough to improve working conditions. Furthermore regular maintenance of climate control systems contributes to energy-efficient operation, as this means it is possible to control cooling output and energy consumption. It’s usually a good idea to back up the cooling with additional measures — such as fitting sunshades to the windows, switching off unnecessary heat sources, or allowing employees to work flexible hours during a heatwave.

SAVING ENERGY: WITH THE ENERLYF

Enerlyf befriends Air conditioner with Ceiling fan and link them in such a way that not only it maintains your comfortable temperature but also reduces Air conditioner usage by 50–55% hence the electricity consumption by 50%, which equates SLEEP-HEALTH & PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT while reducing CARBON FOOTPRINTS & GLOBE HEATING.

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Enerlyf January 5, 2019 0 Comments

Why women are always freezing and men aren’t?

Typical woman, some of you may be thinking — and you know what? That’s actually right! Something people have for years shrugged off with a smug smile is now proven, and here it is in black and white: women feel the cold quicker than men. So here are six reasons why that is, as well as a solution to the problem.

WHY WOMEN ARE QUICKER TO FEEL THE COLD?
REASON 1: SKIN

On the subject of skin: I’m sure everyone has heard at some point that we women have thinner skin than men. The gents are ahead of us by a full 20 per cent on this point. When it’s cold the blood vessels constrict, reducing the blood flow in the skin. That’s more straightforward if skin is thin rather than thick. The surface of a woman’s skin is even up to three degrees colder than that of a man. Accordingly the temperature difference between the skin and the core of the body is greater. The consequence: women freeze.

REASON 2: MUSCLE MASS

Muscles generate heat that is distributed around the body. But muscles don’t just generate heat, they store it too. The male hormone testosterone is chiefly responsible for the fact that the gentlemen of the species have around 40 per cent muscle mass even without daily weight training, whilst ladies only possess on average 15 per cent muscles. The consequence: women freeze.

REASON 3: FAT DISTRIBUTION

In terms of fat, we women may be a step ahead of the men, because we have a 25 per cent body fat ratio — almost double that of a man — although the distribution of a woman’s fat cannot always be termed an unqualified success. Bum, thighs, hips and chest: that’s where female fat accumulates. In the case of men, the fat is stored around the belly, thereby keeping — you guessed it — the internal organs warm. And unlike muscles, fat can insulate the heat but not manufacture it. The consequence: women freeze.

REASON 4: METABOLISM

According to scientists, another key factor in the differing perception of cold is something known as the “metabolic rate”. It states how much energy a person needs to keep the body’s vital functions running (e.g. breathing, pulse). On average, a woman’s metabolic rate is 35 per cent lower than that of a man. That means women need less energy to keep their vital functions going. That’s not such a bad thing, however: less energy also means less heat production. The consequence: women freeze.

REASON 5: BLOOD PRESSURE

Young, slim women often struggle with low blood pressure. As well as dizziness and fatigue, other symptoms include cold hands and feet. So low blood pressure intensifies the sensation of coldness. The consequence: women freeze.

REASON 6: REPRODUCTION

Women are also freezing cold because of reproduction. If it’s cold, the body draws heat away from the limbs to keep the female organs warm. Why? Because the internal body temperature has top priority for women because of the possibility of pregnancy. The abdomen is warm, but the hands and feet cool down. The consequence: women freeze.

So as you can see: there are plenty of biological reasons why women are more sensitive to cold than men. So it is scarcely a wonder that room climate is one of the most frequent causes for complaint in the home & office — and that has been the case for many years.

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Enerlyf September 5, 2018 0 Comments