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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 warm outside. It can prevent serious health issues from risky 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 stay 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. However, if you are observing reoccurring problems with your system before that, it doesn’t hurt to consider your choices beyond repairs and ongoing 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 operates by cooling air over evaporator coils, which generates condensation. Where there’s condensation, mold can develop. And where mold can grow, so can bacteria. That can cause sickness. More often, though, mold and bacteria can irritate 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 scheduling 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 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 responsible 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.

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 create headaches and dizziness, but prolonged 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 home 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 lose its cooling power and efficiency. That could result in 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 avoid 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, contemplate adding an air purification system to a new air conditioner. When combined, they’ll keep your home nice and cool, while filtering out more pollutants from the outdoors—like dirt, dust or pollen.

If you’re concerned 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 319-208-3295 or book an appointment with us online. Our professionals are happy to help you find a solution that works for your home.

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