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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 scorching outside. It can save you from serious health issues from unsafe heat waves. It keeps outdoor pollution from circulating in your indoor space. It helps you sleep more soundly. 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 items to consider if you’re thinking of replacing your home’s air conditioner.

Potential Health Hazards from Old Air Conditioners
Usually, HVAC professionals advise replacing air conditioning units when they are more than 10 years old. But, if you are noticing reoccurring challenges with your system before that, it doesn’t hurt to consider options beyond repairs and more regular cleaning. Here are some issues that could impact your family’s health and should prompt you to consider a new system.

Mold and Mildew

Your air conditioner functions by cooling air over evaporator coils, which makes condensation. Where there’s condensation, mold can grow. And where mold can grow, so can bacteria. That can equal sickness. More regularly, though, mold and bacteria can aggravate preexisting lung conditions and allergies. Ongoing maintenance can help reduce 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 paying for 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 extremely important here, because HVAC units with older wiring are responsible 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.

Possible Leaks

Air conditioners use refrigerant to keep your home cooler. 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 sick. Mild exposure can cause headaches and dizziness, but continued 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. Newer systems have technology that can help your family be a little healthier, especially when you add some more modern features to it.

Improved Comfort
As your air conditioner ages, it can reduce 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 exponentially. 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 protect 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 pollutants from the outdoors—like dirt, dust or pollen.

If you’re concerned your current air conditioner could be impacting your family’s health or want to see what a new air conditioner could do for your home, give our team a call at 925-233-6238 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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