Prevent Mold In HVAC Systems
Mold spores will quickly multiply when they are located in ideal conditions, including a temperature range between 40 to 120 degrees, sufficient moisture, and organic material as a food source. Unfortunately, one of the most hospitable places in your home for mold to find all these essentials of life is inside your HVAC system and equipment. So unless you take the proper steps to prevent the ideal environment for mold, you could begin to discover health issues related to mold contamination. Following these tips will help prevent mold growth in the HVAC system of your home and eliminate the potential for old related health concerns:
Proper Filter Replacement – Damp and dirty air filters are ineffective at trapping mold spores and other contaminants in the system. Without adequate filtration, the spores will contaminate the entire HVAC system, including the ducts that run throughout the house. Replacing the filters monthly is the best way to eliminate as much mold and contamination as possible with only a minimal investment of time and money.
Properly Installed Drain Pans – Drain pans need to be adequately sloped to allow water to collect and remove water that is accumulating from the HVAC equipment. It is also essential that these pans be cleaned regularly to prevent mold growth.
Disinfect And Prevent Mold – Several EPA-approved HVAC mold inhibitors can be applied to the HVAC system to prevent future mold growth. However, before the inhibitor is used, removing any existing mold with an approved disinfectant for HVAC cleaning is essential.
Maintain Dry Ductwork – It is essential to keep the inside of the ducts in your home clean and dry. As dust and dirt build up in the ducts, they can absorb moisture from the air and provide the perfect habitat for mold spores. Having ductwork professionally cleaned is the best way to eliminate the dust and debris that harbor mold once it becomes moist. In addition, any time there is a water leak in your home, it is essential to have the ducts inspected for moisture. Any leaks in the ductwork can allow water to leak inside and create a humid and warm home for mold spores to inhabit and thrive.
Protect The HVAC Air Intakes – Homeowners need to understand that the air pulled into the HVAC system must be as clean and pure as possible to prevent mold and other contaminants from accumulating inside the equipment. Therefore, make sure that the area around your HVAC air intake is well maintained. Keep trash, boxes, storage items, and other materials that could harbor dust and mold away from the air intake. It is also essential to maintain dry surfaces near the air intake to prevent an increase in the humidity of the air entering the HVAC system to prevent mold growth.
If you have concerns about mold or other contaminants in your HVAC system, call the Blue Ox Heating And Air experts at 952-208-4570. Our indoor air quality experts will provide you with all the information and tools you need to maintain high quality air inside your Buffalo or Carver home.