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

Air conditioning is more than just a comfort for when it’s warm outside. It can save you from serious health issues from risky heat waves. It stops outdoor pollution from circulating in your house. It helps you sleep more peacefully. 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 items 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 seeing reoccurring problems with your system before that, it doesn’t hurt to consider options beyond repairs and routine 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 operates by cooling air over evaporator coils, which generates condensation. If 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. Regular maintenance can help reduce mold growth, but broken components in aging system can help mold spread.

Electrical Components

The older your HVAC system is, the increased likelihood 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 doesn’t operate as it should, it can be dangerous for your home. The electrical component of your system is extremely important here, because HVAC units with older wiring are accountable for hundreds of house fires each 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 you cool. But not all types of refrigerant are created equal. As the HVAC industry has evolved, we’ve begun using safer versions of it—especially in the last 15 years. However, refrigerant can still make your family sick. Mild exposure can create headaches and dizziness, but prolonged exposure can have more serious health effects. If you think 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 space 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 mean 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 dodge 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 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 pollutants 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 our experts a call at 805-203-8667 or schedule an appointment with us online. Our professionals are happy to help you find a solution that works for your home.

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