Q:

4/10/2013
Question:
I am a member of a committee to evaluate student disabilities to determine required accommodations to assure health. We have a student who has submitted an application requesting that her air conditioner be maintained at 64-65 degrees continuously in order to control allergy symptoms, Reactive Airway disease, and chronic sinusitis. As this temperature is below the standard, and has caused an uncomfortable environment for roommates, I was wondering if you could provide me with a reference for this temperature range or evidence to support that temperatures this low do indeed control symptoms. Thank you so much for any guidance you can offer.

A:

Thank you for your inquiry.

Unfortunately, I am not aware of any reference, nor could I find such in the literature, stating that the optimal temperature to control the conditions you mentioned rests between 64 and 65 degrees. However, perhaps we are not your best source for this information. I would advise you to contact the individual’s personal physician who recommended these temperatures for a source document.

Thank you again for your inquiry.

Sincerely,
Phil Lieberman, M.D.

AAAAI - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology