You rely on your HVAC system to both keep your home at a comfortable temperature
and supply it with fresh, clean air that eliminates odors and reduces
health risks. However, these pathogens can sometimes get into your system
and start making life miserable. Two of the most prominent offenders are
mold and mildew, which grow in cool, dark, damp places, something air
conditioning systems are filled with. Let’s take a closer look at
why these substances are such a prominent danger and how you can combat
them growing in your air conditioning and heating systems, including in
Why Does Mold Grow?
Mold and other fungi love places where excessive moisture accumulates and
remains for an extended period of time. In homes, this most often includes
spots which rarely see daylight and come in contact with moisture, either
from condensation, rainfall, or even your plumbing. One place these conditions
regularly exist is your air conditioning system.
Mold spores are in the air all around us. These microscopic organisms are
so small they’re impossible to detect with the naked eye. When one
of these spores lands on a damp surface and is allowed to grow, mold begins
to sprout and spread, creating more spores and increasing the density
in the air.
Why Is Mold Dangerous?
Mold spores in mass quantities are a serious allergen to most people, and
can even cause major health concerns in those who are particularly sensitive.
Those who are allergic to mold can even experience serious allergic reactions
that can result in injuries or serious illness that can require hospitalization.
Mold can also lead to an abundance of unpleasant smells throughout your
home, and not being able to eliminate them can be frustrating and even
embarrassing if you have guests to your home. The more mold is allowed
to grow, the worse these problems will get.
Preventing Mold Growth
So how do you prevent mold from growing in your HVAC system? Because eliminating
mold can be so difficult when it grows in your air conditioning system,
preventative steps are key to eliminating the issue before it starts.
The first solution is to have your air ducts cleaned if you suspect mold
may have already grown. This will eliminate the problem at the source
and give you a fresh start. Your duct cleaner will also likely offer to
put an anti-microbial coating on the interior surface of your ducts to
keep mold from returning.
The second option is to install an anti-microbial ultraviolet light in
your HVAC system. This is most effectively done either just inside your
return vent or near your condenser coil. This device zaps these microbes
before they can reach your condenser coil, killing them on the spot and
eliminating the chances of them landing and growing. These lights generally
don’t take a lot of additional electricity, and the bulb simply
needs to be switched every year or two to maintain effectiveness. However,
for those who are particularly sensitive to mold, it could provide massive
and much-needed relief.
Finally, perhaps the easiest step is to simply keep your air filter clean.
Be sure to check your filter at least once a year, but preferably twice
and swap it out when it gets dirty and filled with dust. A dirty filter
cannot do its job as effectively, which can allow some microbes to escape
through and contaminate your air, as well as land and start to grow.
If your air conditioner needs a repair, call the experts at
Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC. Our highly-trained and fully-licensed technicians can help you fix your
problem quickly and cost-effectively. Your complete satisfaction is our
number-one-goal, and we back up all our repairs with a lifetime warranty
on labor and workmanship to give you the peace of mind of knowing your
issue will be fixed right or we’ll make it right. We also offer
duct cleaning services to help eliminate the threat of from your air conditioning
and heating systems.
Call Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC today at 888.660.4337 to schedule a service now!