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How Does My Family's Health Impact Purchasing a New Air Conditioner?

Air conditioning is more than just a comfort for when it’s warm outside. It can save you from serious health issues from dangerous heat waves. It keeps outdoor pollution from circulating in your house. It helps you sleep more deeply. But while air conditioning can help you stay healthy and comfortable, an older unit can produce negative health effects for your family. Here are some things to consider if you’re thinking of replacing your home’s air conditioner.

Potential Health Hazards from Old Air Conditioners
As a general rule of thumb, HVAC professionals advise replacing air conditioning units when they are more than 10 years old. Although, if you are noticing reoccurring issues with your system before that, it doesn’t hurt to consider solutions beyond repairs and routine cleaning. Here are some issues that could influence your family’s health and should prompt you to consider a new system.

Mold and Mildew

Your air conditioner works by cooling air over evaporator coils, which makes condensation. If there’s condensation, mold can grow. And where mold can grow, so can bacteria. That can cause sickness. More commonly, though, mold and bacteria can irritate preexisting lung conditions and allergies. Regular maintenance can help eliminate mold growth, but broken parts in aging system can help mold spread.

Electrical Components

The older your HVAC system is, the increased likelihood that you’re scheduling expensive repairs more often. That’s not just bad for your wallet. Your air conditioner is part of a complex appliance that operates throughout your house. When it isn’t working properly, it can be dangerous for your home. The electrical component of your system is extremely important here, because HVAC units with older wiring are responsible for hundreds of house fires each year. The longer you put off replacing your system, the longer you may be putting your family’s health at risk.

Possible Leaks

Air conditioners use refrigerant to keep the air in your house colder. But not all forms of refrigerant are created equal. As the HVAC industry has evolved, we’ve started incorporating safer versions of it—especially in the last 15 years. However, refrigerant can still make your family ill. Mild exposure can cause headaches and dizziness, but continued exposure can have more serious health effects. If you are concerned you have a leak, reach out to a professional immediately.

Benefits from New HVAC Units and Features
A new air conditioner can do a lot to make your space more comfortable. Newer systems have technology that can help your family be a little healthier, especially when you add some more modern features to it.

Improved Comfort
As your air conditioner ages, it can lose its cooling power and efficiency. That could mean sleepless nights when you’re just too warm. It could also leave you feeling uncomfortable or sick when the temperature outside rises greatly. With a new air conditioner, you can avoid all that, and keep your family happy and healthy.

Purer Air
Any good air conditioning system helps protect you from outdoor pollution using your regular filter. And changing that filter frequently is an important part of keeping your home healthy. If you want to take that a step further, contemplate adding an air purification system to a new air conditioner. When combined, they’ll keep your home nice and cool, while filtering out more contaminants from the outdoors—like dirt, dust or pollen.

If you’re concerned your current air conditioner could be impacting your family’s health or want to see what a new air conditioner could do for your house, give us a call at 325-200-4667 or schedule an appointment with us online. Our professionals are happy to help you find a solution that works for your home.

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