Air conditioning is more than just a comfort for when it’s hot outside. It can deter serious health issues from dangerous heat waves. It stops outdoor pollution from circulating in your home. It helps you sleep more deeply. But while air conditioning can help you stay 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 advise replacing air conditioning units when they are more than 10 years old. Although, if you are observing reoccurring issues with your system before that, it doesn’t hurt to consider solutions beyond repairs and ongoing cleaning. Here are some issues that could impact your family’s health and should prompt you to consider a new air conditioner.
Mold and Mildew
Your air conditioner functions by cooling air over evaporator coils, which creates condensation. If there’s condensation, mold can develop. And where mold can grow, so can bacteria. That can result in sickness. More commonly, though, mold and bacteria can aggravate preexisting lung conditions and allergies. Ongoing maintenance can help get rid of any mold growth, but broken parts in aging system can help mold spread.
The older your HVAC system is, the increased likelihood that you’re seeing expensive repairs more often. That’s not just bad for your budget. 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.
Air conditioners use refrigerant to keep your home cooler. But not all forms of refrigerant are created equal. As the HVAC industry has evolved, we’ve changes to safer versions of it—especially in the last 15 years. However, refrigerant can still make your family not feel well. Mild exposure can bring headaches and dizziness, but lengthy 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.
As your air conditioner continues to work hard, it can decrease its cooling power and efficiency. That could lead to 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.
Any good air conditioning system helps guard 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 anxious that 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 205-208-8090 or book an appointment with us online. We are happy to help you find a solution that works for your home.