Air conditioning is more than just a comfort for when it’s scorching outside. It can prevent serious health issues from dangerous heat waves. It halts outdoor pollution from circulating in your indoor space. It helps you sleep more deeply. 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 items 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. But, 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 functions by cooling air over evaporator coils, which generates condensation. If 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 irritate preexisting lung conditions and allergies. Routine 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 paying for expensive repairs more often. That’s not just bad for your wallet. Your air conditioner is part of a complex appliance that functions 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 every year. The longer you put off replacing your system, the longer you might 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 not feel well. Mild exposure can create 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 space 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 gets older, 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 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, 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 pollutants from the outdoors—like dirt, dust or pollen.
If you’re anxious that your current air conditioner could be impacting your family’s health or want to see what a new air conditioner could do for your indoor space, give our experts a call at 602-832-7808 or arrange an appointment with us online. Our professionals are happy to help you find a solution that works for your home.