You know that your indoor air quality is extremely important to your health and the health and wellness of your family members. Window AC units are a popular low-cost air conditioning option, but they can cause many more issues than they solve. Here’s how window ACs can lower the quality of the air inside your home, signs that your window unit may be causing problems, and what New England Ductless can do to help you.
Dust & Debris
Window air conditioning units are designed to pull in air from the outside and pump it directly indoors. While the air is pushed through a filter, these may be crude and only effective at keeping the largest particles out. This causes unwanted dust and debris to enter your home, where you and your family well continually breathe it in.
Mold & Mildew
Window ACs produce a lot of condensation, which usually drips out of the unit onto the ground outside. But moisture can cause the buildup of mold and mildew, which the air conditioner then funnels into your home via fan. Sometimes, this may not cause any issues at all. However, the ongoing inhalation of mildew and mold spores can harm your health, causing serious issues including but not limited to the following:
- Coughing, wheezing, or sneezing
- Headaches and fatigue
- Memory loss and confusion
- General feeling of malaise
- Asthma attacks
In rare cases, breathing in specific types of mold may cause:
- Chest pain, pressure, or tightness
- Shortness of breath
- Severe migraines with or without aura
- Pneumonia or bronchitis
- Pulmonary hemorrhage
Poor Humidity Control
One of the biggest issues homeowners and renters in New England face with window units is not having enough cooling power and humidity control for the size of their space. A window unit that is too small will not be able to effectively control humidity in the summer, especially if you are only using one or two units to cool an entire home. If your window units are doing a poor job of managing humidity during the summer, you might need to install portable dehumidifiers to help. Or, you can opt for a cooling system that is able to do a better job of controlling humidity on its own.
Window AC units that use chlorofluorocarbon or hydrochlorofluorocarbon cooling agents emit harmful gases that can have a negative impact on both the environment and your physical health. If your unit is damaged, this can cause a leak to form, which not only potentially harms your respiratory health but also causes your air conditioner to become less efficient. Because window air conditioners stick out from the windowpane, they are more susceptible to damage than ductless condensers or central HVAC units.
Signs Your Window AC Is Tanking Your Air Quality
You may not know that your window unit is compromising your indoor air quality and health. It may appear to be functioning properly or may even be a relatively new unit that you wouldn’t expect to cause any issues. But here are some indicators to look for that your window AC might be lowering the quality of your indoor air.
- Upper respiratory illness. If you or someone that lives in your home suffers from frequent upper respiratory illnesses like asthma attacks, bronchitis, or pneumonia, this could be an indicator that something is wrong with the air inside your house.
- Allergy symptoms. Increasing allergy symptoms, especially that are present out of season, may indicate that your window AC is pumping your house full of dust, pollen, and other airborne allergens.
- Headaches and/or sinus pressure. Headaches and sinus infections that are difficult to relieve or are recurring no matter what you do could be indicative that you have been breathing toxins in your home. This is particularly true when the headaches do not respond well to over-the-counter medications.
Switch From Window ACs to Ductless
Not only do window units do a worse job of cooling your space than nearly every other type of cooling system available, they also compromise the health and safety of you and your family. When you switch from window ACs to ductless air conditioning, you’re investing in your long-term health and wellness.
Contact New England Ductless today to learn more about the potential issues your window AC units may be causing and how switching to ductless air conditioning can help you keep your home both comfortable and healthy.
Dial (617) 915-2803 now to speak with our experienced HVAC contractors or to book a time for one of our technicians to come to your home and provide you with a quote for ductless heating and cooling services.