Air conditioning is more than just a comfort for when it’s hot outside. It can deter serious health issues from unsafe 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
Typically, HVAC professionals recommend replacing air conditioning units when they are more than 10 years old. Although, if you are seeing reoccurring issues with your system before that, it doesn’t hurt to consider options beyond repairs and routine 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 functions by cooling air over evaporator coils, which creates condensation. If there’s condensation, mold can grow. And where mold can grow, so can bacteria. That can result in sickness. More commonly, 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.
The older your HVAC system is, the increased likelihood 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 operates 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 accountable for hundreds of house fires every year. The longer you put off replacing your system, the longer you might be putting your family’s health at risk.
Air conditioners use refrigerant to keep the air in your house colder. 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 not feel well. Mild exposure can create headaches and dizziness, but prolonged exposure can have more serious health effects. If you think 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.
As your air conditioner gets older, it can decrease its cooling power and efficiency. That could lead to sleepless nights when you’re hot. It could also leave you feeling uncomfortable or sick when the temperature outside rises to the extremes. With a new air conditioner, you can avoid all that, and keep your family happy and healthy.
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, think about adding an air purification system to a new air conditioner. Together, they’ll keep your home nice and cool, while filtering out more irritants from the outdoors—like dirt, dust or pollen.
If you’re concerned your current air conditioner could be harming 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 503-374-1934 or book an appointment with us online. Our team is happy to help you find a solution that works for your home.