Because of the effects of climate change, it can’t be denied that the increase in temperature that we experience every single day makes us seek the comfort that air conditioning units provide. But, who would have thought that the comfort we thought could ease our ailing is the exact same thing that could make it worse.
When we sit in our car and turn on the engine, out of common practice and without thinking, we turn on the A/C. Every time we do this, we put our health, and the health of the people around us, in danger.
This happens when we leave our car outside under the scorching heat of the sun with its windows closed or even when we leave the car in a shade, it can accumulate 400-800 mg of Benzene-a colorless volatile liquid hydrocarbon present in coal tar and petroleum, used in chemical synthesis.
If you park the car in the sun, if the temperature is higher than 16 degrees Celsius, the level of Benzene can reach 2000-4000 mg, which is 40 times more than the permitted level.
By sitting in a car with closed windows, people inhale the Benzene. Unaware of the fact that this toxin affects the kidneys, the liver and the bone tissue. Aside from that, it takes a lot of time and effort for our organs to eliminate it.
The manuals on cars state that we should open the car’s windows before turning on the A/C, but they do not provide explanation for this, except that it is good for the performance of the car.
Results of various researches show that before an air conditioner starts to cool the air, it ejects all the heated air out, and together with it – the Benzene, a toxin that causes cancer.
Thus, when you sit in your car, even if you don’t notice any smell of a heated plastic, open the windows for a few minutes before you turn on the A/C.
Continue practicing this habit while you are in your car in order to protect your organs from toxins, because the consequences can be extremely tragic.