Air conditioning is more than just a comfort for when it’s hot outside. It can prevent serious health issues from dangerous heat waves. It stops outdoor pollution from circulating in your indoor space. It helps you sleep more peacefully. 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 items to consider if you’re thinking of replacing your home’s air conditioner.
Potential Health Hazards from Old Air Conditioners
Usually, HVAC professionals recommend replacing air conditioning units when they are more than 10 years old. Although, if you are observing reoccurring challenges with your system before that, it doesn’t hurt to consider options beyond repairs and more regular cleaning. Here are some issues that could affect your family’s health and should prompt you to consider a new system.
Mold and Mildew
Your air conditioner operates by cooling air over evaporator coils, which creates condensation. If there’s condensation, mold can develop. And where mold can grow, so can bacteria. That can result in sickness. More commonly, though, mold and bacteria can aggravate preexisting lung conditions and allergies. Routine maintenance can help eliminate mold growth, but broken components in aging system can help mold spread.
The older your HVAC system is, the increased likelihood that you’re paying for expensive repairs more often. That’s not just bad for your checking account. Your air conditioner is part of a complex appliance that works throughout your house. When it breaks down, it can be dangerous for your home. The electrical component of your system is especially important here, because HVAC units with older wiring are responsible for hundreds of house fires every year. The longer you put off replacing your system, the longer you may be putting your family’s health at risk.
Air conditioners use refrigerant to keep the air in your house colder. But not all versions 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 sick. Mild exposure can create headaches and dizziness, but prolonged exposure can have more serious health effects. If you think you have a leak, call a professional immediately.
Benefits from New HVAC Units and Features
A new air conditioner can do a lot to make your house more comfortable. Some of the latest technologies can help your family be a little healthier, especially when you add some more modern features to it.
As your air conditioner ages, it can lose its cooling power and efficiency. That could lead to sleepless nights when you’re just too warm. It could also leave you feeling uncomfortable or sick when the temperature outside rises to the extremes. With a new air conditioner, you can skip all that, and keep your family happy and healthy.
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, consider adding an air purification system to a new air conditioner. Working as a team, they’ll keep your home nice and cool, while filtering out more irritants 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 our team a call at 740-474-5940 or schedule an appointment with us online. Our team is happy to help you find a solution that works for your home.