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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 deter serious health issues from dangerous heat waves. It stops 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 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. But, if you are observing reoccurring problems with your system before that, it doesn’t hurt to consider options beyond repairs and ongoing 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 makes condensation. Where there’s condensation, mold can develop. And where mold can grow, so can bacteria. That can result in sickness. More regularly, though, mold and bacteria can aggravate preexisting lung conditions and allergies. Ongoing maintenance can help eliminate mold growth, but broken pieces in aging system can help mold spread.

Electrical Components

The older your HVAC system is, the the higher the chance that you’re paying for expensive repairs more often. That’s not just bad for your checking account. Your air conditioner is part of a complex appliance that operates 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 the culprit for hundreds of house fires annually. 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 changes to safer versions of it—especially in the last 15 years. However, refrigerant can still make your family ill. Mild exposure can cause headaches and dizziness, but lengthy exposure can have more serious health effects. If you think 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 space 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 guard 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, think about 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 our team a call at 818-275-0897 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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