When it comes to home safety and prevention, you probably focus on the obvious: functional fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, childproofed cabinets, fenced-off pools, and so forth. It might never occur to you that your home’s air conditioner can pose a potential environmental hazard and safety risk to you and your family. But it does.
One of the key components for all air conditioners is coolant. While the different types of coolant vary, they all fall under a category of controlled substances known as CFCs: chlorofluorocarbons.
These CFCs exist in a closed system and are not consumed or released into the air at any point during the cooling process. However, if your unit springs a leak or sustains other damage, it’s possible for these chemicals to escape.
If the leak seeps into your home, it becomes a nearly undetectable evaporable gas that is harmful to inhale. Resulting health problems can include headaches, nausea, vomiting, and (in the worst scenarios) asphyxiation.
Contact the team here at Jerry’s right away. We can inspect your air conditioner and make sure you and your family stay comfortable. Schedule your safety and prevention assessment today.