Air conditioning is more than just a comfort for when it’s hot outside. It can deter serious health issues from risky heat waves. It keeps 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 produce negative health effects for your family. Here are some factors 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 recommend replacing air conditioning units when they are more than 10 years old. But, 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 functions 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.
The older your HVAC system is, the more likely it is that you’re seeing 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 isn’t working properly, 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 might be putting your family’s health at risk.
Air conditioners use refrigerant to keep you cool. But not all versions 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 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 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 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 skip 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. 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 harming your family’s health or want to see what a new air conditioner could do for your house, give us 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.