No one wants to have to deal with mold growth in or around their home. Even in the most well kept homes, mold can move in quickly and quietly. In an area with optimal conditions, mold spores can settle in and thrive rapidly. In fact, with the perfect conditions, mold can take root and spread in 24 hours. Mold relies on steady moisture, darkness, and dust that feeds the mold. Exposure to mold can impact an individual’s health in a number of ways. Those with allergic reactions can have varying reactions, and most will experience flu-like symptoms. Additionally, mold accelerates the deterioration on many types of building materials. The HVAC system is susceptible to mold as it often provides the essentials it needs. With this in mind, we at JMS Air Conditioning & Heating would like to further discuss the mold growth on HVAC system and how to prevent mold growth.
Symptoms of Mold in HVAC Unit
The HVAC system has a few common places where the mold can develop including the drip pan, coils, and ductwork. Due to the HVAC system circulating air throughout your entire home, if the HVAC system is affected by mold, your whole family can be breathing that unhealthy air. Mold common to households can lead to the occupants experiencing respiratory problems, to itchy eyes, coughs, as well other irritations and symptoms that are dictated by the tolerance and sensitivity people have to mold. In more severe cases, diseases, as well as brain and lung problems have been linked to mold exposure.
Inspection of Mold in Air Vents, Ducts & More
If you know what to look for, mold can be relatively simple to identify. Look for mold spores, excess moisture and condensation, and places common to mold growth such as registers, coils, and drip pans and duct work during routine inspections. Keep in mind that mold is not always in plain sight and will need to rely on your nose as well. Mold has a mildew-like scent that is fairly obvious if you pay attention to it. To know if the mold is within the HVAC system, turn the system off for about 30 minutes. If after the 30 minutes the smell has lessened or disappeared, the mold is likely in the HVAC system.
How to Prevent Mold in HVAC
Mold prevention can save you from a lot of health issues and damage. We have compiled a list of basic mold prevention tips below.
– In the HVAC equipment, ductwork and registers, be sure to keep it all clean and dust- free.
– Ensure the ductwork is well-sealed.
– Make certain to replace the filters regularly.
– Request professional HVAC system expert for assistance should you notice any moisture or condensation in the ducts.
– Drip pans need to be frequently cleaned.
HVAC Services, Air Duct Cleaning & More in Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Agoura Hills & Greater Los Angeles, California
To help you avoid mold in HVAC systems, or even to simply prevent it from getting out of control, keeping on top of routine maintenance services is vital. The components, especially the ones that are susceptible to mold growth, are inspected and cleaned during these services and if mold is discovered, your HVAC professional knows what to do. Be sure to annually schedule a heating system tune-up at the end of summer or early fall, a cooling system tune-up at the end of winter or early spring, and an overall inspection in between with JMS Air Conditioning and Heating!