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Extra Dry Aircon is drying out my skin, lips, throat??

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The aircon in my bedroom is super dry, uncomfortably dry. Wake up with chapped lips, dry skin and a parched throat gasping for water. Not from any cold, just from the dryness of the air. The A/C is about 2 years old and works fine.

 

The one in the living area is about 2 weeks old and seems a little bit similar, but not as extreme. 

 

As with every other aircon I've ever used, I set them to the 'snowflake' setting and temp around 23 or 24. But have never experienced this before.

 

 

As a side note the water in the building is extra limescaley, and also drys out my face after washing etc, so need to put on babylotion after. Not sure if the 2 are related or not.

 

Could it just be an aircon setting?

 

Is there a trick or method to not have an aircon dry out all the air? I don't see any extracter fan or whatever, if there should be one. 

 

Thanks for any info/replies. 

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Put a salad bowl of water on your bedside cabinet, some salt in the water is good to...

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^^ Thanks for the repply. I've always set A/C's to 23/24 while here, and don't feel it as cold. And haven't had this issue before, so don't think it's the temp.

 

I will set it to Auto mode tonight, and see if there's a difference. Thanks.

 

I will research about a 'humidifier'. 

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2 minutes ago, transam said:

Put a salad bowl of water on your bedside cabinet, some salt in the water is good to...

Thanks.

 

Is this real or an old wives tale? ?

 

I'll try it. Thanks. 

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5 minutes ago, startracker said:

Thanks.

 

Is this real or an old wives tale? ?

 

I'll try it. Thanks. 

I was given the info by a pharmacist to try..Mainly because I had throat gunk build up during the night. Solved the problem 100% for me, mainly the salt in the water. Costs nothing and worth a try, give it a week...

Would like to know if it worked for you, so get back to me/us if it did...

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19 minutes ago, johng said:

23-24 is very cold....your aircon is probably working nonstop,cold air can hold less moisture than warm air so the colder the air the dryer it gets...you can go outside and see the water extracted from the air leaking out of the PVC pipe coming from the aircon.
To counter this you could raise the temperature,put the aircon into auto mode..instead of dry mode....or get a humidifier for the room.

Wow, I usually have mine on 16 (only because it doesn't go any lower), but I did read somewhere that optimum temperature for sleeping is 18 so have moved it to that.

 

OP try adjusting the "Speed" rather than the temperature (assuming you have it running all night and don't use it in Auto mode).

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Mike Teavee said:

Wow, I usually have mine on 16 (only because it doesn't go any lower), but I did read somewhere that optimum temperature for sleeping is 18 so have moved it to that.

 

OP try adjusting the "Speed" rather than the temperature (assuming you have it running all night and don't use it in Auto mode).

 

 

Wow, that is cold....Have you thought of relocating to Norway....?

I wonder what folk did before A/C...

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I use a humidifier as the dry air at night bothers my throat and sinuses.  Lazada sells the ultrasonic ones and although they help (a lot), from what I have read, everything in the water is vibrated into the air and into your lungs. I noticed that there would be a chalky film buildup on the glass so I can understand the theory.  Now I recently bought a wicking cool mist humidifier from Amazon (Honeywell HCM-710) that I’m hoping won’t have the same effect.  Being that it is 110v, I also had to purchase a converter.

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4 minutes ago, JAS21 said:

We have a Daikin Air Purifier ...MCK55TVM6 ... it has a humidifier and wins the fight with the air con every time ?

My Mitsubishi Mr Slim Econoairs (12000 BTU) have a DEHUMIDIFIER setting.......hmmmmmm!

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OP,

The controls on various A/C models vary....just be sure you have the setting correct versus relying on memory of how previous A/Cs worked. 

 

I know you said you set your A/C to the "snowflake" setting which should mean "Cooling" versus dehumidifying, but on some brands/models the little snowflake icon on the remote may look very similar to another setting.  Like on my Mitsubishi model when looking at the icon on the remote which looks really small to old eyes the difference between the "I FEEL mode" and "Cool mode" icon can be hard to distinguish unless looking closely.  And if mistaking choosing the "I FEEL mode" at temperature settings below 25C (like you are using) the the "I FEEL mode" will automatically select the DRY mode.  Even if your A/C model don't have something like the I FEEL mode, maybe it still does shift into using the DRY mode at certain temperature settings.....you really need to look at the manual for your particular model...if you don't have it you should be able to download it.    See below snapshot from my A/C manual talking the difference between the different modes.

 

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