A broken air conditioner can put a real dent in the budget. However, allowing it to remain broken can cause you more problems than you think. If your air conditioner has broken and you don't think you can afford to fix it, here are two reasons why you shouldn't put it off.
The rising temperatures inside your home may be doing more than making you uncomfortable. They could be making you sick. If your air conditioner isn't working, you're at risk of developing a couple of serious health-related illnesses.
As the temperatures rise inside your home, you may notice a cramping sensation. This is your body trying to compensate for an increase in core temperature. Heat cramps effect the large muscle groups in your body and usually develop when you're physically active in hot environments. If your air conditioner isn't working, you can reduce the chances of developing heat cramps by limiting your physical activity.
If your body continues to overheat after experiencing heat cramps, you may develop heat exhaustion. This is a serious heat-related illness that can lead to a medical emergency. When your temperature rises, your body uses sweat and cool air to lower your temperature. If the air is hot, your body cannot cool down the sweat, which means that the heat stays inside and raises your core temperature even more.
If you experience the following symptoms while inside your home, be sure to seek immediate medical attention:
In addition to health issues, a broken air conditioner can also wreak havoc on your home. Here are just two ways that a broken air conditioner can damage your home.
Have you ever noticed roofing shingles that appear to be curling around the edges? That curling is actually caused by excessive temperatures inside the home, particularly the attic. When your air conditioner is broken, the heat inside your home rises into the attic. As a result, your attic temperatures will elevate, as well. When this happens, the roofing shingles will get hot and begin to curl. You can reduce that problem by installing fans in your attic. The fans will circulate the air and keep your roof cool.
If your air conditioner is still working but has developed a leak, you could be in danger of mold growth. Mold needs moisture to grow and a leaky air conditioner provides the perfect environment. If you notice excess moisture draining from your air conditioner, or you see condensation on your windows, you may have a leak in your air conditioner.
A broken air conditioner is nothing to mess with. If your air conditioner has stopped working in the middle of summer, you need to get it repaired as quickly as possible. Delaying air conditioner repairs could lead to health problems or home damage.Share
16 June 2015
How many times have your pipes frozen this winter? Have you spent multiple days with your head under your cabinets holding a hair dryer on the lines drying to thaw the lines before they burst? If so, now is the time to begin making some changes. I worked with my plumber this year to make some adjustments to my home and my plumbing to avoid the taxing and stressful occurrence of frozen water lines. Visit my site to learn what course of action we took to prevent the water lines from freezing in my home even during the below zero temperatures we experienced.