It should not be surprising that an HVAC system is the perfect environment for mold growth. By nature, HVAC systems create a lot of moisture and, if left unmanaged in a humid atmosphere, this creates a natural ecosystem for mold to thrive.
Mold can be extremely dangerous, especially to people who are particularly sensitive, and who might already have asthma or other allergies. Because mold spores are small and easily inhaled, it could be hazardous to live in a home that has mold.
How Can You Tell if You Have Mold in Your HVAC System?
Mold can be very hard to spot, but it does emit a musty, rank odor, and can aggravate asthma in sensitive people and cause headaches, skin irritation, and symptoms similar to hay fever. HVAC systems should be regularly inspected for moisture and mold.
What Should You Do if You Think You Have Mold in Your HVAC System?
- Contact a certified HVAC technician immediately, as mold can grow out of moisture in the span of just 48 hours. Not only are technicians trained in servicing HVAC systems, but they can eliminate many problems concerning mold or mildew.
- Turn off your HVAC system until the problem can be located.
- The technician will identify the source of moisture, and either balance the system if excessive cooling has caused coils to freeze or thaw, or clean out any blockages that have prevented the system from draining properly.
- After the technician has found the source of moisture, he or she can locate the mold and remove it.
- Anything that cannot be cleaned will need to be removed and/or replaced.
How Can You Prevent Mold Growth in Your HVAC System?
One of the easiest ways to prevent mold growth in an HVAC system is to have it regularly serviced, so if there is any sort of moisture buildup, it can be swiftly managed before it leads to mold growth. Other techniques involve:
- Cleaning out the air conditioning filters on a regular basis, allowing them to dry completely before putting them back.
- Cleaning the air in the system with an ultraviolet light. This can be installed near the condensation pan by HVAC technicians, and acts as an air purifier.
- Installing a dehumidifier, which will pull moisture from the system and deprive mold of the moisture it needs to survive.
To learn more about preventing or removing mold from your HVAC system, please call us at (888) 483-5740.