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How Does My Family's Health Impact Getting a New Air Conditioner?

Air conditioning is more than just a comfort for when it’s hot outside. It can save you from serious health issues from dangerous heat waves. It keeps outdoor pollution from circulating in your indoor space. It helps you sleep more deeply. But while air conditioning can help you keep 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
Usually, HVAC professionals suggest replacing air conditioning units when they are more than 10 years old. However, if you are observing reoccurring problems with your system before that, it doesn’t hurt to consider your choices beyond repairs and routine cleaning. Here are some issues that could affect your family’s health and should prompt you to consider a new unit.

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 commonly, though, mold and bacteria can irritate 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.

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 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 very 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 may 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 started incorporating safer versions of it—especially in the last 15 years. However, refrigerant can still make your family sick. Mild exposure can bring headaches and dizziness, but prolonged exposure can have more serious health effects. If you suspect you have a leak, contact a professional immediately.

Benefits from New HVAC Units and Features
A new air conditioner can do a lot to make your house more comfortable. It can also help your family be a little healthier, especially when you add some more modern features to it.

Improved Comfort
As your air conditioner gets older, it can lose its cooling power and efficiency. That could result in sleepless nights when you’re just too warm. 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 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. Together, they’ll keep your home nice and cool, while filtering out more contaminants from the outdoors—like dirt, dust or pollen.

If you’re worried your current air conditioner could be hurting 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 630-833-1100 or arrange an appointment with us online. We are happy to help you find a solution that works for your home.

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