I’m about to talk about something all of us hate, and that’s doctor’s offices. I mean, why do medical offices insist on being the least pleasant locations on earth? It makes no sense to me that they seem to be as uncomfortable as humanly possible, and it seems obvious that if you’re going to see a medical professional in the first location, you genuinely already aren’t doing so hot. Why, then, do they make the waiting room freezing cold, bone dry, and dead silent? Why are examination rooms hard, fluorescent, and chilly? I’ve heard the theory before that the environment came about as a way to establish a sense of sterilized safety, and supposedly the cold indoor air is used to reduce bacterial growth. I can’t say how effective this measure is for controlling air quality & airborne contamination, exactly, but I do know that bacteria can grow in an impressive range of temperatures and environmental conditions, and there are plenty of strains floating through the air that could easily take the 60 degree temperature control setting. If we’re talking about other sources of illness and airborne contamination, please don’t get me started on mold spores and viruses, which are highly resistant to temperature changes, and are largely unaffected by these air temperature strategies. I’d argue that these tiny friends of ours are more dangerous than bacteria, and too tiny to catch with traditional A/C and furnace air filters. That’s why I advised to my medical professional’s office that they invest in a media air cleaner system as soon as they can. With common Heating and Air Conditioning equipment, they can actually filter tiny microbial contaminants from the indoor air, giving their patients and staff better air quality and continued health. Despite my actual working history in cellular biology, the medical professional was not grateful for my suggestion.