Air conditioning is more than just a comfort for when it’s warm outside. It can save you from serious health issues from risky heat waves. It halts 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 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. Although, if you are noticing reoccurring issues with your system before that, it doesn’t hurt to consider options 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. Where there’s condensation, mold can be present. 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 eliminate mold growth, but broken parts in aging system can help mold spread.
The older your HVAC system is, the more likely it is 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 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 accountable for hundreds of house fires every 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 the air in your house colder. But not all types 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 lengthy exposure can have more serious health effects. If you are concerned 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. It can also help your family be a little healthier, especially when you add some more modern features to it.
As your air conditioner continues to work hard, it can reduce 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 avoid all that, and keep your family happy and healthy.
Any good air conditioning system helps protect 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, contemplate 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 worried your current air conditioner could be harming your family’s health or want to see what a new air conditioner could do for your home, give our experts a call at 203-772-8319 or arrange an appointment with us online. Our team is happy to help you find a solution that works for your home.