Mold in your home is something no one wants to have to deal with. Mold can sneak up in many households, even in the most immaculate. All it takes is for a mold spore to find its way inside and settle in an area that offers the right conditions. Mold will thrive in darkness, humid environments, and feast on dust and debris. Because it often grows in the cover of darkness, many people do not even realize it is growing in their home until it has grown in excess. Mold exposure often leads people to experiencing flu-like symptoms, or a trigger in allergic reactions. Additionally, mold will expedite deterioration on many organic materials. The HVAC system can be easily affected with old and because of the vulnerability, we at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning would like to share how you can prevent mold growth in your HVAC system.
Symptoms of Mold in HVAC System
Where your HVAC system is concerned, the perfect place for mold to thrive is in the coils, ductwork, and drip pan. The presence of mold can mean you and your family are breathing unhealthy air simply due to the HVAC system circulating air throughout your entire home. As mentioned, the types of mold common to homes leads to itchy eyes, coughs, respiratory problems, and other irritations and symptoms, depending on the individual’s sensitivity and tolerance to mold. Severe problems have been linked to brain and lung issues as well as disease.
Identifying the mold is easy if you know what to look for. Routinely inspect the duct work, registers, coils, and drip pans for signs of mold, as well as places that can lead to mold growth, such as mold spores or moisture and condensation. Use your nose as well as mold is not always in plain sight. You will most likely smell a mildew scent throughout your home should you currently have a mold problem. Flip your system off for 20-30 minutes and if the smells dissipate, the mold is likely affecting the HVAC system or ductwork.
How to Prevent Mold in Central Air Conditioning System
Prevention is best and avoiding the mold growth can save a lot of headache. Below are a few of the basic preventative measures you should apply:
– Keep the dust and debris free from the HVAC equipment, ductwork and registers free.
– In the event you notice any moisture or condensation in your ductwork, call a professional HVAC service tech.
– Make certain the ductwork is efficiently sealed.
– Change the HVAC filters on a frequent routine basis.
– Routinely clean drip pans.
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Additionally, the best preventative step is routinely scheduled inspections and maintenance service from a professional. No matter which service they are performing, the components, especially the ones that are susceptible mold growth, are checked and cleaned to prevent mold from getting out of hand. If you have not scheduled your maintenance services, be sure to schedule you cooling system tune-up at the end of winter or in the early spring, the heating system tune-up at the end of summer or early fall, and an overall inspection in between. Keep in mind that it is never too late to get the maintenance services as they are essential. Call Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning today for maintenance scheduling or if you suspect mold growth on your HVAC system.