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How to Use Your HVAC System to Protect Your Home from Mold

If there’s one thing all Floridians know about, it’s humidity. While excessive warm weather can be unpleasant for a number of reasons, a particularly nasty side effect for homeowners is mold growth, which tends to thrive in moist, humid climates.

Mold can have serious health consequences, especially for individuals with breathing issues. Fortunately, there are ways to combat this. Keep reading to learn how to use your HVAC system to protect your home from mold, courtesy of the professional technicians at Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC.

7 Ways to Use Your HVAC System to Stop Mold Growth in Your Home

  1. Use Your Air Conditioner: Okay, yes, this may sound like fairly obvious advice, especially coming from HVAC technicians. Yet the fact remains that running your AC when it’s hot out significantly reduces the moisture levels in your home, not only comforting you but curbing potential mold and mildew growth as well. You may also want to get a dehumidifier, which will have the added bonus of improving your indoor air quality.
  2. Use Your Heater: Surprise! Bet you didn’t see that one coming, did you? Well, just as warm weather can encourage mold growth, so can chilly weather, as moisture condenses on cold surfaces when the temperature drops. In general, you should use your HVAC equipment whenever the temperature outside gets too extreme, not only for your own comfort, but to protect everyone in your household from mold.
  3. Measure Your Indoor Humidity: If you’re able to measure humidity with your system, try to keep levels around 60%. You may also want to consider buying a hygrometer at your local hardware store, just to be sure.   
  4. Keep AC Drip Pans Clear: Remember, anywhere moisture accumulates, mold can thrive. Keep your air conditioning drip pans clean and unobstructed so that the system can flow correctly and you can cut down on excessive moisture.
  5. Install Insulation: Insulation is a great way to protect your home from cold weather and the mold that thrives on freezing and damp areas. Luckily for you, our pros at Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC provide insulation services, including duct insulation.
  6. Keep Doors Open: When it comes to indoor air quality, it’s all about balance. You should open doors and windows occasionally, so your home does not get stuffy, but it is also important to seal exits and entrances when using your heating and cooling equipment, to increase efficiency. On the other hand, the doors inside your home should stay open as often as possible, so air can be allowed to circulate throughout your space, no one room is too hot or cold.
  7. Hire a Professional HVAC Technician: Ultimately, hiring a contractor to make sure your equipment is sized properly and that every room in your house is being heated and cooled properly is the safest way to ensure your home is protected from mold. Our Palm Beach County HVAC experts at Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC can tell if your system is distributing the right amount of airflow throughout your home, or if your ducts are leaking. We can even provide you with helpful suggestions as to where you may want to place fans, and how to vent air properly everywhere form your bathroom to your kitchen to reduce dampness and humidity.

Don’t let mold get you down this spring! Call for service now at (561) 270-6181, or contact us online to learn more about what Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC can do for you.

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