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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 hot outside. It can prevent serious health issues from risky heat waves. It keeps outdoor pollution from circulating in your indoor space. It helps you sleep more peacefully. 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
As a general rule of thumb, HVAC professionals advise replacing air conditioning units when they are more than 10 years old. Although, if you are observing reoccurring problems with your system before that, it doesn’t hurt to consider your choices beyond repairs and routine cleaning. Here are some issues that could impact your family’s health and should prompt you to consider a new system.

Mold and Mildew

Your air conditioner works 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 bother preexisting lung conditions and allergies. Routine maintenance can help eliminate mold growth, but broken parts 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 budget. Your air conditioner is part of a complex appliance that functions 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 responsible for hundreds of house fires each year. 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 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 suspect 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.

Improved Comfort
As your air conditioner continues to work hard, it can decrease its cooling power and efficiency. That could mean sleepless nights when you’re unable to cool down. It could also leave you feeling uncomfortable or sick when the temperature outside rises exponentially. 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 defend 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, consider adding an air purification system to a new air conditioner. Working as a team, 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 hurting your family’s health or want to see what a new air conditioner could do for your house, give our experts a call at 313-230-4053 or schedule an appointment with us online. We are happy to help you find a solution that works for your home.

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