Mold can be problematic in any area of your home. The spores tend to pop up in environments with excess moisture, such as bathrooms and basements, and can lead to serious health concerns like respiratory problems, skin irritation, and a worsening of allergy symptoms. Mold can be especially problematic if it pops up in your HVAC system since the spores will circulate around your home. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid this problem.
Mold Accumulates in Inefficient HVAC Systems
Your air conditioning system should circulate air throughout your home regularly and keep the humidity at a reasonable level, which prevents mold from forming. However, if your unit is old, overworked, or the wrong size for your home, mold will build up inside the vents. You’ll know if you have mold if the air coming from those vents smells musty.
Additionally, the chance of mold getting into your ventilation system increases in spring and summer due to increased humidity levels. That increased moisture creates the perfect environment for mold spores to spread.
What to Do About Mold in Your HVAC System
If you notice mold in your ductwork, have it professionally cleaned. If the problem is due to an inefficient system, it will repeat, so work with your HVAC contractor to determine the root cause and possibly upgrade to a more efficient model. For example, ductless mini-split systems cool the air in your home without all that complicated ductwork, which makes your AC more efficient and prevents major issues like mold. They’re also effective dehumidifiers.
If you’re interested in upgrading your HVAC system or learning more about your mold prevention options, Breezin HVAC can help. Based in Staten Island, NY, the HVAC contractor serves homeowners and businesses in New York and New Jersey with a variety of heating and cooling services. The Mitsubishi Electric® Diamond Contractor™ specializes in efficient units like mini-split AC systems. They’re also offering a special spring rebate, where you can get up to $500 back when you purchase a new system. To take advantage of the deal, contact the team online or call (718) 761-2700.