When an HVAC system becomes less efficient due to age, wear, or repair problems, it isn't able to remove moisture from the air as thoroughly as it may have once been able to. As the moisture in your home increases, so does the risk of mold growth. This is especially a problem in the spring, when humidity levels grow higher and HVAC systems begin to see more routine use. Below are a few important things to know about the link between mold and an HVAC system, as well some preventative steps to take.
How Mold Grows in Your Home
Your home's heating and cooling units don’t just pump warm and cool air into the house. They also pull out some of the moisture in the air to keep the indoor environment comfortable and prevent condensation from accumulating. When an HVAC system isn't working as effectively as it could, more moisture remains in the air. Dampness builds up around windows, in the nooks and crannies of windowsills, on and around pipes, and inside walls.
Increased moisture and lower light are perfect conditions for mold growth. Since mold tends to grow rapidly and often in out-of-the-way places, you may not even know that your house has mold when it begins affecting your health. Some common health symptoms stemming from mold include allergy flareups, coughing, nosebleeds, and, in serious cases, cognitive and respiratory issues.
How to Prevent Mold Growth
To prevent the conditions for mold growth, there are a few things you can do. These include the following:
- Use dehumidifiers to assist the HVAC system in removing moisture from indoor air.
- Turn on kitchen and bathroom ventilation fans to promote better airflow and reduce humidity.
- Clean HVAC filters to improve system performance
- Have your HVAC inspected by a professional who can address any repair issues and make the system run more effectively. They can also help you determine when it's time to invest in a new, more efficient unit that is better suited to keeping your home and family safe and comfortable.
Ductless Central provides HVAC system repair and replacement to property owners throughout the Queens, NY, area. As Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractors™, they offer a selection of ductless cooling and heating systems designed for energy efficiency. Be sure to ask about their current offer of up to $500 off on a new Mitsubishi Electric® ductless AC. Call (718) 997-6922 or visit their website to schedule service or to take advantage of this offer.