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

Air conditioning is more than just a comfort for when it’s warm outside. It can deter serious health issues from dangerous heat waves. It keeps outdoor pollution from circulating in your home. It helps you sleep more deeply. But while air conditioning can help you continue to be healthy and comfortable, an older unit can create 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
As a general rule of thumb, HVAC professionals suggest replacing air conditioning units when they are more than 10 years old. Although, if you are observing reoccurring problems 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 generates condensation. When there’s condensation, mold can develop. And where mold can grow, so can bacteria. That can cause sickness. More often, though, mold and bacteria can bother preexisting lung conditions and allergies. Ongoing maintenance can help get rid of any mold growth, but broken pieces in aging system can help mold spread.

Electrical Components

The older your HVAC system is, the more likely it is 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 very important here, because HVAC units with older wiring are accountable 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.

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 sick. Mild exposure can cause headaches and dizziness, but continued exposure can have more serious health effects. If you suspect 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 home 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.

Improved Comfort
As your air conditioner continues to work hard, it can decrease its cooling power and efficiency. That could result in sleepless nights when you’re unable to cool down. It could also leave you feeling uncomfortable or sick when the temperature outside rises exponentially. With a new air conditioner, you can skip all that, and keep your family happy and healthy.

Purer Air
Any good air conditioning system helps guard you from outdoor pollution using your regular filter. And changing that filter as needed 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 irritants from the outdoors—like dirt, dust or pollen.

If you’re worried your current air conditioner could be hurting your family’s health or want to see what a new air conditioner could do for your house, give our experts a call at 561-612-0242 or schedule an appointment with us online. We are happy to help you find a solution that works for your home.

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