A chlorofluorocarbon needed for air conditioners to emit cold air, Freon is known to contribute to ozone depletion and carries several health risks. In addition to being found in older air conditioning units, Freon is also used in various industrial and commercial equipment, chest/upright freezers and dehumidifiers. Although the use of Freon in cooling systems is being phased out due to environmental and health concerns, many air conditioners and freezers still require Freon to operate correctly.
Freon Health Risks
Freon leaks are the primary reason for people suffering from symptoms of Freon exposure.
If you are near a Freon leak and inhale fumes in an unventilated area, you may start suffering:
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid heartbeat
- Loss of coordination
- Difficulty concentrating/thinking
Exposing skin to Freon can cause a skin rash resembling a chemical burn. People with sensitive skin may need medical treatment for severe dermatitis if Freon remains on the skin too long.
Fortunately, moving away from a Freon leak and breathing fresh air usually resolves symptoms. However, pets and children are particularly susceptible to Freon health risks. Freon is a dense gas that remains at or slightly above ground level. Anyone with a chronic respiratory condition who suspects they are inhaling Freon should immediately leave the area and monitor symptoms for at least 30 minutes.
Inhaling Freon for more prolonged periods could lead to breathing difficulties, uncontrollable coughing, and even unconsciousness. Although most Freon leaks rarely cause life-threatening symptoms, people with Freon-controlled AC units or freezers should know that these symptoms could indicate an ongoing Freon leak.
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B & W Heating and Cooling in Godfrey, IL provides inspections of air conditioners, freezers, and other appliances using Freon to keep your family safe and healthy. If you are looking for a new AC or heating system, we carry only top-quality heating and cooling products made by Ruud manufacturer companies in the U.S. Ruud sells SEER air conditioners, humidifiers, and fuel-efficient gas furnaces.
If your air conditioner isn’t blowing cold air or you noticed your energy bill increasing, you could have a Freon leak. Call or contact B & W Heating and Cooling today for immediate, courteous repair assistance with all your heating and cooling systems.