Air conditioning keeps medications safe in your home

Most families keep a medicine cabinet in their home that contains the staples: pain killers, anti nausea medicine, heartburn medicine, cough syrups, and more.

  • It is good to have these medications on hand at all times just in case you get sick or do not feel well at home.

It is not fun to have to run to the store when you are not feeling well to grab medications. It is important to take care of your medicine cabinet by checking expiration dates in addition to checking the temperature range for medications. Most medications should be stored anywhere from 59-77 degrees. Medications should be stored in a cool, dry place. It is essential that you run your air conditioner in the summer so medications do not get too hot. If you have liquid gel capsules in your medicine cabinet and your home is too hot, they can actually melt and form a giant blob which would be a complete waste of medication. In addition to the possibility of medication melting, it will lose its effectiveness if it is not stored properly. To prevent medications from going bad, make sure to keep your thermostat no higher than 77 degrees in the summer. To save money, you can purchase a smart thermostat and you can set the temperatures to auto when you are out of the house at work during the day. In the winter, you will also want to make sure your house is not too cold, so keep your heat in the same temperature range to protect your medications. Both air conditioning and heat protect more than people!