Is Refrigerant Dangerous?

a photo of an air refrigerant canister

Refrigerants convert easily between gas and liquid states, which is why they are utilized in many modern-day conveniences like your refrigerator and air conditioning system. But while refrigerants are necessary to help cool your home, the cooling agents are also toxic and exposure can be dangerous.

What are the Dangers of Refrigerant Exposure?

Although the chances of your HVAC system sustaining a refrigerant leak is rare, a refrigerant leak can occur and create a dangerous situation. When refrigerant leaks into your home, it usually evaporates as a gas. Once inhaled, the gases can cause a variety of health problems, including:

– Vomiting
– Nausea
– Headache
– Eye Irritation
– Confusion
– Irregular Heartbeat
– Chest Tightness
– Psychosis
– Brain Damage
– Lung Damage
– Death

Refrigerant Exposure Can Be Harmful to Pets and Children

Refrigerants are much heavier than the air, so they are more concentrated close to the Earth’s surface. Therefore, the closer you are to the surface, the more likely you are to inhale the toxic substances. For this reason, children and pets often experience more exposure to the effects of refrigerants if there is a refrigerant leak.

What to Do If There Is a Refrigerant Leak in Your Home

If you suspect there is a refrigerant leak, whether at home or your workplace, the first action is to open all doors and windows in the space. If there is a fan, switch it on. Vacate the premises, making sure all children and pets are out of the home or building too. If you or someone else is experiencing symptoms, seek medical attention. Finally, call a professional HVAC technician to assess and repair the situation as soon as possible.

Prevent Refrigerant Leaks with One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Largo

At One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Largo, your family’s safety is our highest priority. If you suspect there is a refrigerant leak in your home, contact us right away. Our team of experienced HVAC professionals will assess the situation right away and ensure your home is not only comfortable, but safe too.