Mold growth in our HVAC systems can be all too common of a problem. There are many factors that play their part in mold development throughout your HVAC’s piping, draining and pans. This can later disperse mold spores throughout your home or commercial building. As many know, mold can be hazardous to an individual’s health and typically cause a respiratory problem. That is why it is important to have regularly performed maintenance on your HVAC unit by a professional who has experience in dealing with these types of issues. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning will share how mold becomes a problem and the best course of action to deal with the problem should it occur.
How Mold Exposure Spreads
Properly designed and installed, HVAC systems combined with regular maintenance suffer less mold growth then other HVAC systems. The main problem with mold growth even though much of it is contained outside is their spores become airborne. This leads to poor indoor air quality that can leave individuals ill with respiratory problems and indoor allergies. Often with lack of maintenance or poorly designed or installed HVAC systems, moisture will begin to pull together which will become a breeding ground for molds as well as mildews, and fungus. As a consequence, spores spread as the HVAC unit is running and disperses them throughout the home or building.
Key HVAC Components that Develop Mold
There are several components that can develop mold. Each should be checked and cleaned properly when discovered. To start with, the coils and drain pans hold most of the access water as the cooling coils dehumidify. This causes condensation that drips into the HVAC pans. Sometimes the drain on the pan gets clogged or the pan itself isn’t sitting properly which cause water to stand and mold to grow. Another common mold problem is associated with the humidification and dehumidification equipment. This type of equipment should be drained periodically and treated to prevent mold and other types of growth. Often the humidifier and dehumidifier equipment will become filled with moisture. This moisture will spray onto the air duct lining which leads to mold in your air ducts. When the air ducts develop mold, their spores will disperse and if you’re lucky your air filter will catch the majority of it. However the mold can live happily on the air filter and continue to grow. It is wise to regularly change out your air filters which is quick, simple and does not require an HVAC technician. Proper cleaning of the HVAC system is important not only to kill or prevent mold growth but additionally it improves the entire efficiency of your HVAC unit. As a plus, this also means a decrease in power usages.
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Mold and other organisms that pose a health risk should never be allowed to enter your indoor air. Residential and commercial buildings can suffer from mold growth. It is wise to perform a semi-annual inspection and maintenance of your HVAC system to help prevent mold growth as well as monitor the efficiency of your HVAC unit. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning provides a wide range of services that can help maintain or repair your HVAC unit and even combat air pollutants such as mold. To schedule your HVAC inspection and regular maintenance, contact Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning today.