It's very gratifying when customers contact us to say how much air-conditioning has improved their quality of life
People want air-conditioning for a variety of reasons, but Bedfordshire-based installers Climate By Design are seeing demand from an unexpected source - multiple sclerosis sufferers.
"We are frequently asked to install systems to help customers experiencing hot flushes due to the menopause, but we hadn't been aware that MS can cause similar problems," said Climate By Design's Mick Blunden.
According to the MS Society, around half of people with MS report sensitivity to heat. Effects can include difficulties with balance, weakness, fatigue or changes to vision or sensation.
It is thought that raised temperatures can prevent nerve fibres from working properly, and when the fibres or their protective outer layer (myelin) have already been damaged by MS, they are much more sensitive to the effects of heat.
"It's very gratifying when customers contact us to say how much air-conditioning has improved their quality of life," continued Blunden. "You think of air-con as something that makes things a little more pleasant in the summer, but for some people it really makes a huge difference."
The air-conditioning systems can be operated 'in reverse' to act as an efficient heating system. This can be an additional benefit to MS sufferers as they are also often affected by the cold.
Date: 23 January 2019
Climate By Design
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Climate By Design, 48 Potton Road, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 0EB, UK
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