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How Does My Family's Health Impact Buying 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 dangerous heat waves. It stops outdoor pollution from circulating in your home. It helps you sleep more soundly. But while air conditioning can help you keep healthy and comfortable, an older unit can have 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 suggest replacing air conditioning units when they are more than 10 years old. But, if you are observing reoccurring problems with your system before that, it doesn’t hurt to consider solutions beyond repairs and more regular cleaning. Here are some issues that could influence your family’s health and should prompt you to consider a new air conditioner.

Mold and Mildew

Your air conditioner operates by cooling air over evaporator coils, which generates condensation. If there’s condensation, mold can be present. And where mold can grow, so can bacteria. That can result in sickness. More regularly, though, mold and bacteria can bother preexisting lung conditions and allergies. Regular maintenance can help eliminate mold growth, but broken pieces in aging system can help mold spread.

Electrical Components

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 wallet. Your air conditioner is part of a complex appliance that works throughout your house. When it isn’t working properly, it can be dangerous for your home. The electrical component of your system is especially important here, because HVAC units with older wiring are the culprit 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 you cool. But not all types of refrigerant are created equal. As the HVAC industry has evolved, we’ve begun using safer versions of it—especially in the last 15 years. However, refrigerant can still make your family ill. Mild exposure can bring headaches and dizziness, but lengthy exposure can have more serious health effects. If you are concerned you have a leak, contact a professional immediately.

Benefits from New HVAC Units and Features
A new air conditioner can do a lot to make your house 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 lead to sleepless nights when you’re unable to cool down. It could also leave you feeling uncomfortable or sick when the temperature outside rises to the extremes. With a new air conditioner, you can dodge 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 regularly 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. Together, 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 us a call at 714-453-4711 or arrange an appointment with us online. Our professionals are happy to help you find a solution that works for your home.

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