The electric ceiling fan was invented by Philip Diehl in 1882, assisting the effort to circulate air and cool us down during the summer months. It creates a breeze effect, which blows away the stagnant air around your skin which is heated up by your body temperature, making you feel cooler by a few degrees within seconds. This invention has been a household staple ever since, yet not many people know the hidden positive health benefits of running a ceiling fan. In this article, we have listed 3 main health benefits of using a ceiling fan.
Increases Energy and Immunity
Sleep deprivation is a serious issue, it can lead to heart related health concerns, reduce your ability to think, increase the ageing process, decrease your energy level and lower your immune system’s effectiveness. If you are a light sleeper, have troubles falling asleep or sleeping the length of the night, then installing a ceiling fan in your home can increase the quality of your sleep. Ceiling fans creates white noise, this neutralises the surrounding disturbances, assisting you to relax and sleep well.
Reduce Heat Related Symptoms
During a heat wave, ceiling fans plays an important role. They reduces the heat around you, circulating the air, effectively giving off a cooling effect. Below are the common symptoms excessive heat can lead to:
- Fatigue – Extreme heat makes you tired. Your body is working hard to stay cool as it tries to maintain consistent normalinternal temperature. This extra labour your body is doing, makes you tired.
- Heat Rash – Excessive sweating can lead to skin irritation, causing what is called a heat rash. A heat rash inflames the sweat glands, blocking the sweat from reaching the surface of the skin to evaporate.
- Hyperthermia – Hyperthermia starts when your internal temperature exceeds the typical body temperature level of 36.5 – 37.5°C. Extreme heat can increase internal body temperature to dangerous levels, possibly leading to disability or death.
- Dehydration – Excessive loss of body fluids from extreme heat causes your body to dehydrate. This may affect your organs leading to kidney stones, cholesterol problems, constipation, liver, joint and muscle damage. Also, when your body loses a lot of fluid, expect low blood pressure, dizziness, fatigue and nausea, as well as spasms or cramps being more prevalent.
SIDS Preventions in Babies
According to a number of studies, in nurseries with a ceiling fan installed, babies are less likely to face Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), by up to a staggering 70%. The ventilation reduces the chance of overheating and assists in the dissipation of the carbon dioxide exhaled by the baby before he/she has the chance to re-inhale. It is hard being a new parent, and unfortunately it is commonly overlooked when preparing a nursery room to install a ceiling fan.
A lot of people always tend to buy items for their homes based on aesthetic appeal they bring to their placed surroundings, but not many are aware of the health benefits detriments ones choice can affect. Hopefully this article has informed you of the other side of the importance of ceiling fans in our day-to-day lives, that they don’t just keep us cool on a hot summer’s day, but that they could save our lives.