Freon Health Risks – What You Need To Know

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Within our homes most of us, unknowingly, have at least one and possibly two potential sources of exposure to Freon leaks. This can occur from our fridges or our air conditioning systems. The potential risk of exposure to Freon and health issues should be understood by everyone.

The term CFCs is one that many people are aware of due to bad press over the years. This stands for chlorofluorocarbons which come in either liquid or gas form, are color less and generally non-flammable.

The main risk is for people who work within the refrigeration or air conditioning industries as they are more likely to be exposed to these gases. It is therefore important that they have at least an annual check up to ensure they remain fit and well. This is particularly important if the worker has any heart related problems as Freon can cause arrhythmia’s, irregular heartbeats.

More Freon Health Concerns To Know

Freon exposure can also cause dizziness, a reduction in concentration and coordination and eventually asphyxia if the exposure continues. All of this could be picked up at a medical check and the problem easily resolved. When caught early, there don’t seem to be any long term issues with health after exposure to Freon.

Within the home, the threat is most likely going to be caused by a leak within the system of either your fridge or air conditioning. If you are concerned that this may be the case then everyone in the home should be removed and a technician called in. You must remember to also take any pets out of the house as they too will suffer. In fact children and animals are the most at risk as the gases are heavier than air and therefore tend to lie close to the ground.

The Freon Phase Out

Freon use is now being phased out for the HVAC industry. It is projected to be a slow phase out as older units that still require Freon (R-22) will be able to be recharged until January 2020. As this phase out continues, the cost of Freon, and recharging your old unit are expected to continue to rise. As a homeowner you may decide that it is more cost effective to upgrade to a new, more energy efficient system.

Contact our HVAC experts today for more information and the best options available for your Dayton home!