Can portable A/C's (and particularly low BTU portables) cause headaches?
June 21, 2011 9:57 AM Subscribe
Portable/window air conditioners appear to give me headaches, particularly air conditioners with low BTU, while I am unaffected by central air conditioning. Is this possible?
posted by arnicae to Health & Fitness (12 answers total)
I live in a pretty hot place and have noticed the last few summers that window air conditioners and the little portable air conditioners seem to cause me splitting headaches, while central air conditioning feels fine.
The headaches develop slowly (over the course of 30 min), so it isn't going from hot to cold. I don't think they are caused by dehydration (I keep well hydrated). We just bought a new portable unit and I am still having the same problem, so I don't think it is contaminants in the unit.
I don't generally do well in heat in any case, but I have noticed that I don't seem to get the same headaches with higher-BTU portable units and central air.
I'm trying to figure out whether if this is even possible, or if I'm imagining things and my headaches are unrelated. I'm particularly curious whether low-BTU a/c's might be more likely to cause headaches, because that seems like a particularly suspicious conclusion on my part.