Summer 2019 turned out to be one of the hottest in history. Abnormally high temperature of the air has caused large-scale forest fires and affect the health of many people — because you, too, felt the fatigue and headache? Fortunately, you can escape from sweltering heat, you could always turn the air conditioner or fan, but are they safe for health? Australian scientists believe that at least the fans can cause people great harm, because in certain conditions, they interfere with the body to cope with heat.
It would seem, what could be better than a refreshing blow fan in a stuffy room? Believe me, in certain conditions, operating the fan can turn a stay in a stuffy room in a hellish ordeal. The world health organization has long insisted that when the air temperature is above 35 degrees Celsius the fans only increase the burden on the human body, aiming his hot air. It turned out that when using the fan, you should pay attention to the humidity level.
Cool is the fan room?
This convinced the researchers of the University of Sydney, located in Australia. They conducted an experiment, in which asked 12 healthy men to wear shorts and to sit for two hours in hot rooms with a moist (50%) and dry (10%) air. First, in the rooms worked fan, but in the second half of the experiment switched it off. To compare the condition of people before and after the experiment, in the beginning, men have measured the body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and rate of perspiration.
Moist air is healthier dry, use humidifiers or set the room a basin of water!
When the fan air temperature in rooms with moist air was 39.9 degrees, but after disabling it rose to 40.3 degrees Celsius. As a rule, the human body feels temperature differently, this index is called the “index of thermal load” and is measured at the rectal temperature. The measurements showed that the feelings of men in the rooms were 50-degree heat.
In rooms with dry air there is quite other conditions. Temperature with a fan was 47.2 degrees, and when it is off, suddenly fell to 46.7 degrees. While men did not feel the heat, which stood in the wet rooms — they feel, the room temperature was equal to the same 46 degrees Celsius.
How heat affects the human?
It would be quite logical if men from the less hot, dry room, felt better — but no, the result of the study proved to be unpredictable. Comparing the health indicators of men from two different rooms, researchers found that in a room with moist air and a fan that people feel as comfortable as possible. But men from the dry room when the fan feel pretty bad.
Maybe to hell with the fans? Already have air conditioners, the size of a smartphone
What is the result? It turns out that the fan should not be included in premises with dry air. If the humidity in the room exceeds 50%, the fan can be safely included — body temperature will stay at acceptable levels, and the cardiovascular system will not become too tense. In a damp room, by the way, it is important to drink more water, scientists noticed that men from this room were sweating so much. And because sweating can occur dehydration.
Pinch yourself — if you are dehydrated, the fold of the skin is smoothed immediately
By August the temperature in Russia decreased significantly and, most likely, information on the fans is not relevant. But the Council of Australian scientists still need to remember and tell your friends. Also can scare your friends with the news that in 2030 the world will come a new ice age.