Homeowners prefer to avoid mold growth in their homes. Even in the immaculate kept homes, mold can sneak up in many households. As they feast on dust and debris, the mold will thrive in humid and dark environments. Quite a few people do not even realize it is growing in their home until it has grown in excess since it does grow in the cover of darkness. People can experience a number of symptoms with mold exposure from minor irritations to flu-like symptoms, and varying allergic reactions. Also, mold growth can negatively impact the materials it grows. We at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning would like to take the opportunity to discuss how you can avoid mold growth in your HVAC system.
What Health Problems Can Mold Cause?
The ideal places for mold to thrive, as far as your HVAC system is concerned, is the drip pan, in the coils, and ductwork. Since the HVAC system circulates the air throughout your home in its entirety, the presence of mold can mean you and your family are breathing unhealthy. Depending on the individual’s sensitivity and tolerance to mold, other irritations and symptoms that include coughs, itchy eyes, respiratory problems, the types of mold common to homes, as mentioned.
How to Identify Mold
If you know what to look for, identifying the mold is easy. Start by regularly assessing the drip pans, coils, duct work, registers, and other places that can lead to mold growth when you look for mold spores or moisture and condensation. Remember mold is not always in plain sight and you may have to rely on your nose for assistance in locating the mold. The mold is likely impacting the HVAC system or ductwork if in the event you flip your system off for 20-30 minutes and the smells dissipate.
How to Prevent Mold in HVAC System
You can save a lot of headache with prevention as the best method in order to avoid mold growth. You should apply the following methods below from mold taking hold in your HVAC system.
– Should you notice that the HVAC system is affected with any moisture or condensation, contact a professional HVAC company.
– Ensure the ductwork is efficiently sealed.
– The HVAC filters should be replaced every 4-8 weeks on a routine basis.
– Clean drip pans periodically.
– In the HVAC equipment, registers, ductwork, prevent the dust and debris from building up.
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Regularly scheduled inspections and maintenance services from a professional is the best preventative step. Be certain to check and clean, the components, especially the ones that are susceptible mold growth to prevent mold from getting out of hand. Schedule the cooling system tune-up at the end of winter or in the early spring and the heating system should be scheduled with a tune-up at the end of summer or early fall along with an inspection in between the tune-ups. Maintenance services are essential, and it is never too late to get the services completed. If you suspect mold growth on your HVAC system, or need maintenance scheduling, or repairs, call Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning.