It sounds like an odd question to ask, but when you’re buying a new car, what do you really want to know?
Is it the comfort of your new air conditioning system, or the comfort you get from being able to relax in your living room with the curtains closed?
According to a recent study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the answer may be a bit of both.
Researchers at the University of California, Davis found that people who have the most experienced air conditioning in their home reported lower stress levels and a better overall health, compared to people who had less experience.
“We found that when the comfort level of an individual’s home was higher than their comfort level with the outside air conditioner, they were less likely to report stress, and they also had lower levels of cortisol and less inflammation,” said study author Dr. Joseph E. DePasquale, PhD, an associate professor of occupational and environmental medicine at UC Davis.
“People who have more experience with air conditioning have higher levels of relaxation and more physical activity, but also less cortisol, and lower levels and less inflammatory cytokines,” DePascu said.
“So the more experience you have with an air conditioners, the less likely you are to experience any negative effects of an air conditioning.”
In addition to helping to alleviate stress, the study found that being able and comfortable with your air conditioning system can also improve your overall health.
“In addition, we found that having experienced air conditionings was associated with higher levels and more positive health indicators in our participants than people who did not have an air conditioned home,” DePaquale said.
Dr. DePaq said that the findings support a previous study that showed that air conditioning can help reduce stress and improve physical and mental health.
He added that there are still questions surrounding the benefits of air conditioning, but there is enough research that he is confident air conditioning is an important health benefit.
The study was conducted on a national sample of more than 1,000 adults in the United States.
The researchers asked the participants to complete a survey measuring their stress levels, their levels of positive emotions, and their levels and physical activity levels, as well as their levels, cortisol and inflammatory cytokine levels, and cortisol and inflammation.
The results showed that people with more experience of air condition in their homes had higher levels, more positive emotions and a higher level of physical activity.
The researchers also found that air condition is also associated with a better mental and physical health.
“There is evidence that air conditioned homes are a positive mental health component, and that these air condition units can help to reduce stress, which is a good thing,” DePara said.