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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 scorching outside. It can save you from serious health issues from unsafe heat waves. It keeps 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 have negative health effects for your family. Here are some factors 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 challenges with your system before that, it doesn’t hurt to consider your choices beyond repairs and ongoing cleaning. Here are some issues that could impact 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 creates condensation. If there’s condensation, mold can grow. And where mold can grow, so can bacteria. That can equal sickness. More commonly, though, mold and bacteria can aggravate preexisting lung conditions and allergies. Routine 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 the higher the chance that you’re paying for expensive repairs more often. That’s not just bad for your wallet. 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 extremely important here, because HVAC units with older wiring are the culprit for hundreds of house fires annually. The longer you put off replacing your system, the longer you might 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 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 ill. Mild exposure can create headaches and dizziness, but prolonged 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. It can also help your family be a little healthier, especially when you add some more modern features to it.

Improved Comfort
As your air conditioner gets older, it can lose its cooling power and efficiency. That could mean sleepless nights when you’re hot. It could also leave you feeling uncomfortable or sick when the temperature outside rises greatly. 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 defend 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. Together, they’ll keep your home nice and cool, while filtering out more contaminants 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 home, give us a call at 479-226-8196 or arrange an appointment with us online. We are happy to help you find a solution that works for your home.

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