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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 deter serious health issues from dangerous heat waves. It halts outdoor pollution from circulating in your home. It helps you sleep more soundly. But while air conditioning can help you continue to be healthy and comfortable, an older unit can create 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. But, if you are noticing reoccurring issues with your system before that, it doesn’t hurt to consider options beyond repairs and ongoing cleaning. Here are some issues that could affect 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. Where there’s condensation, mold can be present. And where mold can grow, so can bacteria. That can equal sickness. More commonly, though, mold and bacteria can irritate preexisting lung conditions and allergies. Regular maintenance can help reduce mold growth, but broken components in aging system can help mold spread.

Electrical Components

The older your HVAC system is, the more likely it is that you’re scheduling expensive repairs more often. That’s not just bad for your checking account. Your air conditioner is part of a complex appliance that functions throughout your house. When it breaks down, it can be dangerous for your home. The electrical component of your system is extremely important here, because HVAC units with older wiring are the culprit 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 you cool. 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 ill. Mild exposure can bring headaches and dizziness, but continued exposure can have more serious health effects. If you are concerned you have a leak, reach out to 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 ages, it can decrease its cooling power and efficiency. That could mean 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 dodge all that, and keep your family happy and healthy.

Purer Air
Any good air conditioning system helps guard 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, contemplate 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 contaminants 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 indoor space, give our experts a call at 785-269-0465 or schedule an appointment with us online. Our team is happy to help you find a solution that works for your home.

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