Air Conditioning Mold Inspection and Cleaning
As Floridians, air conditioning is as much a necessity as food, water, and Jimmy Buffett songs. Unfortunately, air conditioning units and HVAC systems can be a perfect place for nasty mold buildup and mildew problems. Not only can these issues leave you coughing, they can damage your air conditioning and lead to an unpleasant living space. So how should homeowners and businesses combat these potential issues with their beloved air conditioning? Today, we’re going to be talking about the signs of mold in A/C and when to invest in mold inspection and cleaning as well as prevention for your units.
Discovering Your Mold Problems
Like most mold issues, air conditioning that’s been “infected” with mold spores and mildew growth can skate by undetected if you’re not paying attention or checking regularly! Here are the top ways to detect your potential mold growth in A/C units.
A Moldy, Gross Smell
Sometimes, in Florida, things start to smell funky. A damp, mildew-y stench can permeate your home, and it can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint. However, if the smell only becomes prominent when your A/C is running, then there’s a good chance that there is mold somewhere in the vents or internals. The air conditioning is blowing air past those spots and spreading spores into the house – and the smell along with them. A good way to double check this is by looking inside the vent in either a central system or an A/C unit and checking for dark spots and discoloration where condensation collects.
Experiencing out of season allergies or allergy symptoms inside your home? While coughing and a stuffy nose can happen inside, it’s usually easy to understand the situation. If there are symptoms affecting your family without reason, the problem could be in your A/C vents. Mold affects people in different ways, so there may be varying levels of allergic reactions in your home. Keep an eye out for unexplained wheezing, stuffiness, itchy eyes, sneezing, or headaches; however, people with stronger allergies to mold may experience repeated respiratory illnesses, difficulty breathing, rashes, or nausea.
Assessing the Problem with a Mold Inspection
Mold isn’t necessarily harmful. There are plenty of molds that grow without being dangerous, unlike black mold. However, whatever mold is growing in your home is likely to spread and cause more problems. Plus, mold dispersed by the vents is likely to cause respiratory discomfort at the very least for most individuals. So, what do you do about it?
Mold inspections are usually recommended for determining whether or not you have a mildew issue, but they can also help find out the source of the problem. Air vents are difficult to work with, usually require professional help for central air systems, and can have difficult-to-reach areas of the vents. If you can’t see the mold in the vents but are experiencing all the symptoms of mold, get a mold inspection done with a professional like Sunsation Services. Mold spores are really small, so there can be a significant presence without a visual sign of the mold. These professionals can usually also detect for moisture and additional sources of mold, and then they can also let you know about other problems that you might be experiencing from the dispersion of mold through the vents.
To clean your vents, you’ll want a professional HVAC company to come in. With heavy equipment and complex ventilation systems, you want to be careful with getting rid of the mold. Not only do you want equipment to protect yourself, you also want the proper equipment to protect your own system. With a unit, your mold inspection team may recommend replacing the unit if the mold is too prevalent. Units are hard to clean but easy to replace; you’ll want to replace the entire window unit if the mold inside and outside covers more than 1/3 of the unit.
Preventing Future Mold in Your A/C
Luckily, it’s not difficult to prevent mold growth in your A/C unit. There are several steps that you can take to make sure that the mold you’re breathing is minimal. Here are three that will help prevent mold infestations from plaguing your home.
First, you should change your air conditioning filters regularly. This can be every 30 to 60 days depending on how much you use your system, what happens inside the house, where you live, and whether you have pets. Filters, accessing them, and replacing them are pretty simple in most systems, whether you’re working with an HVAC system or window unit.
If you have air ducts, you should also get them cleaned regularly. This is as important as replacing the filter but doesn’t have to occur as often. Like anything in your home, regular maintenance can be key to a healthy house, so get a professional to clean the ducts twice a year. This will prevent mold growth from building up in the first place and will discourage it from taking hold.
Finally, running your air conditioning system regularly will keep the air conditioning unit and vent system from being a good environment for mold. Mold likes damp, warm areas to grow. Air vents and A/C units build up condensation and are dark; so when you turn off the air conditioning, the air stops circulating and warms up. This means that air conditioning units that are turned off regularly or for long periods of time are perfect for mold growth. The secret is to turn on your air conditioning regularly or leave it on at a higher temperature just to keep the air moving.
Keep Mold Out and Healthy Air In
A mold inspection could be the first step in making sure your house’s air is healthy. We and our families spend so much time in our houses, from sleeping to eating, that we want to make sure that what we’re breathing is only the best. Take the first step in making sure your vents aren’t infested with mold and contact a professional mold inspection and removal company today!