How to Prevent Mold and Mildew from Infiltrating Your HVAC
Springtime in Southern California means sunshine, outdoor activities, and most of all, spring –cleaning. Often times, homeowners overlook the cleanliness of their HVAC systems as long as it continues to work. But without proper maintenance, there could be mold and mildew lurking in their ducts.
These microscopic spores can take over in just a few short weeks. We have determined the warning signs to watch out for and how to eliminate the threat before your system suffers from a complete infiltration.
Where Does Mold Come From?
Many HVAC systems do not receive regular maintenance, so they may not be able to properly remove humidity. Add that retained moisture to dirty filters that prevent clean air from circulating and you’ve got the perfect environment for mold to thrive.
Check to make sure that your system is able to perform condensing cycles properly and that all aspects of the system are free of any clogs or debris. By ensuring that moisture is not accruing unnecessarily, the mold will have a much more difficult time making itself at home in your HVAC system.
Be Aware of the Warning Signs
Your nose knows. If you notice a damp or musty smell in your home, it’s time to schedule a service appointment. Homeowners can do monthly checks of indoor and outdoor systems for visual signs of mold growth. Make sure to keep an eye out for signs of condensation on vents, as that would be a definite warning sign of future mold growth.
How to Prevent Mold Growth
Regular maintenance is the best way to prevent mold from becoming an issue, but being aware of the warning signs is a great start. If you are unsure of what to look for, or how to spot a problem, call an HVAC technician. A professional will be able to outline a clear plan to clean the existing system and prevent the problem from becoming a system-wide issue. Our technicians want to you to get ahead of the issue before it becomes a costly replacement.
Does your A/C have any suspicious spots? One of our friendly technicians would love to defend your home from mold and mildew! Contact us today!