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

Air conditioning is more than just a comfort for when it’s hot outside. It can save you from serious health issues from risky heat waves. It halts outdoor pollution from circulating in your home. It helps you sleep more peacefully. But while air conditioning can help you stay 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. Although, if you are seeing reoccurring issues with your system before that, it doesn’t hurt to consider options beyond repairs and more regular 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 works by cooling air over evaporator coils, which generates condensation. When there’s condensation, mold can grow. And where mold can grow, so can bacteria. That can result in sickness. More regularly, though, mold and bacteria can irritate preexisting lung conditions and allergies. Regular maintenance can help get rid of any mold growth, but broken components 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 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 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 the air in your house colder. But not all types 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 cause headaches and dizziness, but lengthy 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 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 gets older, it can decrease 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 dodge all that, and keep your family happy and healthy.

Purer Air
Any good air conditioning system helps defend 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. 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 worried your current air conditioner could be harming your family’s health or want to see what a new air conditioner could do for your home, give us a call at 336-853-6070 or arrange an appointment with us online. Our professionals are happy to help you find a solution that works for your home.

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