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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 warm outside. It can deter serious health issues from risky heat waves. It keeps outdoor pollution from circulating in your house. It helps you sleep more deeply. But while air conditioning can help you continue to be healthy and comfortable, an older unit can produce 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
Typically, HVAC professionals suggest replacing air conditioning units when they are more than 10 years old. However, if you are observing reoccurring challenges with your system before that, it doesn’t hurt to consider options 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 works by cooling air over evaporator coils, which generates condensation. Where there’s condensation, mold can develop. And where mold can grow, so can bacteria. That can equal sickness. More often, though, mold and bacteria can bother preexisting lung conditions and allergies. Routine 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 more likely it is that you’re scheduling expensive repairs more often. That’s not just bad for your checking account. 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 could be putting your family’s health at risk.

Possible Leaks

Air conditioners use refrigerant to keep you cool. 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 cause headaches and dizziness, but lengthy exposure can have more serious health effects. If you are concerned you have a leak, reach out to a professional immediately.

Benefits from New HVAC Units and Features
A new air conditioner can do a lot to make your house 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.

Improved Comfort
As your air conditioner continues to work hard, it can reduce 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 to the extremes. 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 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. When combined, they’ll keep your home nice and cool, while filtering out more contaminants 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 team a call at 361-214-1203 or arrange an appointment with us online. Our team is happy to help you find a solution that works for your home.

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