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 keeps outdoor pollution from circulating in your indoor space. 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 recommend replacing air conditioning units when they are more than 10 years old. But, if you are seeing reoccurring challenges with your system before that, it doesn’t hurt to consider your choices beyond repairs and ongoing 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. If there’s condensation, mold can grow. And where mold can grow, so can bacteria. That can equal sickness. More commonly, though, mold and bacteria can irritate preexisting lung conditions and allergies. Ongoing 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 seeing expensive repairs more often. That’s not just bad for your wallet. 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 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 could 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 ill. Mild exposure can create headaches and dizziness, but prolonged 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 house 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 result in sleepless nights when you’re unable to cool down. It could also leave you feeling uncomfortable or sick when the temperature outside rises to the extremes. With a new air conditioner, you can dodge 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 frequently 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. 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 anxious that your current air conditioner could be impacting your family’s health or want to see what a new air conditioner could do for your indoor space, give our team a call at 314-262-4541 or arrange an appointment with us online. Our professionals are happy to help you find a solution that works for your home.