It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the things you have to do to keep your home safe and comfortable. Even if you generally keep on top of things, you may not have given much thought to the possibility that there’s mold in your HVAC system. When you discover that this is the case, you may try to fix the problem yourself. However, this isn’t a good idea. Even though mold may not seem like a huge problem, you should have it addressed by a professional. In this blog post, we’ll talk about why mold grows, how you can identify it, and why you need to call an Anderson HVAC professional.
Why Mold Grows in Air Ducts
Two things need to be present in your ductwork for mold to grow: warmth and moisture. This means that the warm, humid conditions of summer create the ideal environment. Inadequate ventilation and other factors that trap moisture in the walls and lead to condensation can result in mold. Here are some of the reasons why this may happen.
Your AC Unit is Too Large for Your Space
Large units tend to cool small spaces too quickly. Before they can dehumidify the air, they switch off. This leads to excess moisture that builds up throughout your home and in the ductwork. If you install a new air conditioner and you notice mold, you need to get this checked out since you may have a unit that’s too big.
You Set Your Air Conditioning at A Very Low Temperature.
Extremely ow temperatures can cause mold to grow around the vents. That’s because when the cool air meets the warm air in your home, the difference in temperature can cause moisture to condense in and around the vents. If the moisture builds up over time and never dries out, mold can grow. If you don’t realize what’s happening, the moisture can make its way into the air ducts.
Your Ducts Have Leaks
If there are leaks in the ductwork, warm air will come in and the difference in temperature can lead to excessive moisture. The moisture will condense on the ducts and give mold the exact conditions it needs to thrive. If this is the case in your home, you’ll need to have your ducts thoroughly cleaned. You’ll then want to get the leaks sealed to prevent the problem from occurring again.
Signs That You Have a Problem with Mold
How will you know if there’s mold in your air ducts? The first sign is a musty odor. If you notice an unusual smell that dissipates when you turn off the AC, mold is likely the culprit. Vents and ducts with mold or mildew can smell stale, wet or rotten. If you get a recurring smell in areas of your home that have poor ventilation, you should call an HVAC contractor.
The first visible signs of mold will show up around the vents, in the ducts, and in the drip pans. Condenser coils take moisture out of the air and transport it to the drip pans. If these get clogged, mold is likely to grow. It’s important to note that you may not actually see mold until it’s quite a significant amount. By this time, the infestation will be serious, and you’ll need professional help.
Another indicator that you have mold is that the people in your home will show signs of illness. You may experience itchy eyes, nose or throat, headache or nausea. That’s because if there’s enough mold in your system, it can spread in the air and cause an allergic reaction.
Why It’s So Important to Call a Professional
It may seem like a waste of money to call your local HVAC contractor to clean your system. However, the technicians will do a better job than you can of getting rid of the mold and preventing it from returning. Contrary to what many people think, regular household cleaners won’t get rid of all the mold. They leave enough residue behind that it could grow back. When you call an HVAC professional, they will bring the proper products and tools.
Another thing to consider is that if you try to clean your air ducts yourself, you could damage your HVAC system. Professionals know exactly how to clean a system thoroughly without damaging it.
Call the Team at C&L Services for All Your HVAC Needs
If you think there’s mold in your air ducts or you have another problem with your HVAC system, reach out to C&L Services for help. We’ll quickly diagnose the problem and come up with a solution. Contact us today to book an inspection or speak to one of our helpful team members.
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