No one wants to have to deal with mold in the home and it is something most would rather avoid. Even in the most immaculate homes, mold can sneak up in many households. Feasting on dust and debris, mold will thrive in humid and dark environments. Many people do not even realize it is growing in their home until it has grown in excess being that it does grow under 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. Mold growth can negatively impact the materials it grows on as well. Bearing this in mind, we at Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning would like to take the opportunity to share how you can avoid mold growth as the HVAC system can be affected easily if not cared for.
Mold in Drip Pan, Coils & Air Ducts
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 air. The types of mold common to homes, as mentioned, depending on the individual’s sensitivity and tolerance to mold, can lead to coughs, respiratory problems, itchy eyes, in addition other irritations and symptoms.
Signs of Mold in Air Vents & HVAC System
If you know what to look for, identifying the mold is easy. Start by regularly evaluating the registers, drip pans, coils, duct work, and other places that can lead to mold growth as well as looking for mold spores or moisture and condensation. Remember mold is not always in plain sight, so you will want to rely on your nose for assistance. In the event you currently have a mold problem, you will most likely smell a mildew scent throughout your home. The mold is likely impacting the HVAC system or ductwork 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 to avoid mold growth. You should apply the following methods to prevent mold from growing on your HVAC system.
– Prevent the dust and debris from accumulating HVAC equipment, registers, ductwork.
– In the event you notice that the HVAC system is affected with any moisture or condensation, call a professional HVAC company.
– The HVAC filters should be replaced every 4-8 weeks on a routine basis.
– Regularly clean drip pans.
– Ensure the ductwork is properly sealed.
Air Conditioning Tune Up Maintenance & More in Springfield, Granby, Holyoke, South Hadley, Monson Chicopee & Agawam Massachusetts
From a professional, the best preventative step is regularly scheduled inspections and maintenance services. The components, especially the ones that are susceptible to mold growth, are checked and cleaned to prevent mold from getting out of hand. The heating system should be scheduled with a tune-up at the end of summer or early fall, schedule the cooling system tune-up at the end of winter or in the early spring, and an inspection in between the tune-ups. HVAC maintenance services are essential, so keep in mind that it is never too late to get the services completed. For maintenance scheduling or if you suspect mold growth on your HVAC system, contact Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning.