Air conditioning is more than just a comfort for when it’s scorching outside. It can save you from serious health issues from unsafe heat waves. It halts 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 things to consider if you’re thinking of replacing your home’s air conditioner.
Potential Health Hazards from Old Air Conditioners
Typically, HVAC professionals recommend replacing air conditioning units when they are more than 10 years old. However, if you are noticing reoccurring challenges with your system before that, it doesn’t hurt to consider options beyond repairs and routine 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 functions by cooling air over evaporator coils, which creates condensation. When there’s condensation, mold can develop. And where mold can grow, so can bacteria. That can result in sickness. More often, though, mold and bacteria can aggravate preexisting lung conditions and allergies. Ongoing maintenance can help get rid of any mold growth, but broken components in aging system can help mold spread.
The older your HVAC system is, the the higher the chance that you’re seeing 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 very 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 could be putting your family’s health at risk.
Air conditioners use refrigerant to keep you cool. But not all versions of refrigerant are created equal. As the HVAC industry has evolved, we’ve changes to safer versions of it—especially in the last 15 years. However, refrigerant can still make your family ill. 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 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.
As your air conditioner gets older, it can reduce its cooling power and efficiency. That could mean sleepless nights when you’re unable to cool down. It could also leave you feeling uncomfortable or sick when the temperature outside rises greatly. With a new air conditioner, you can dodge all that, and keep your family happy and healthy.
Any good air conditioning system helps defend 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, think about adding an air purification system to a new air conditioner. Together, they’ll keep your home nice and cool, while filtering out more pollutants from the outdoors—like dirt, dust or pollen.
If you’re concerned your current air conditioner could be harming your family’s health or want to see what a new air conditioner could do for your house, give our experts a call at 623-208-6444 or arrange an appointment with us online. Our professionals are happy to help you find a solution that works for your home.