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The Dangers of Mold & Mildew in Your HVAC System

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 your ductwork.

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!