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 house. It helps you sleep more deeply. But while air conditioning can help you keep healthy and comfortable, an older unit can create 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
Usually, HVAC professionals recommend replacing air conditioning units when they are more than 10 years old. But, if you are observing 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 air conditioner.
Mold and Mildew
Your air conditioner works by cooling air over evaporator coils, which generates condensation. If there’s condensation, mold can be present. And where mold can grow, so can bacteria. That can cause sickness. More commonly, though, mold and bacteria can aggravate preexisting lung conditions and allergies. Regular maintenance can help reduce mold growth, but broken components in aging system can help mold spread.
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 operates throughout your house. When it breaks down, it can be dangerous for your home. The electrical component of your system is especially important here, because HVAC units with older wiring are the culprit for hundreds of house fires every year. The longer you put off replacing your system, the longer you may be putting your family’s health at risk.
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 begun using 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 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 house 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.
As your air conditioner ages, it can reduce its cooling power and efficiency. That could lead to sleepless nights when you’re just too warm. It could also leave you feeling uncomfortable or sick when the temperature outside rises greatly. With a new air conditioner, you can dodge all that, and keep your family happy and healthy.
Any good air conditioning system helps guard you from outdoor pollution using your regular filter. And changing that filter as needed 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 worried 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 us a call at 204-728-0180 or arrange an appointment with us online. Our professionals are happy to help you find a solution that works for your home.