Can mold grow in your heating and air system? Yes, it absolutely can! Your HVAC system has all the key components necessary for mold to grow and can cause health problems for you. Let’s take a look at how mold ends up growing in your system, how it affects you, and how to prevent it.
Why Mold Can Grow in Your Heating and Air System
If your HVAC technician told you that there is mold growing in your unit, you may doubt it. But it is actually a common problem, even in Arizona! The furnace and evaporator coil all have the component necessary for mold to develop … moisture.
How Mold Affects You
There are many potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposure. Allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints are the most common. Some people are more sensitive to mold than others.
How to Prevent Mold in Your AC
- Unblock Your Drain Tubes- If your drain tubes are blocked, there will be moisture buildup- an ideal place for mold to grow. Make sure the condensation drain tube is not blocked.
- Insulate Ductwork- If your ductwork is not insulated, then moisture can accumulate in the ductwork, making it a perfect environment for mold growth.
- Unblock Air Filters- Air filters keep dirt and debris from entering your unit. If they become blocked, there will be more moisture because of lack of airflow.
- Proper Venting- Make sure all vents are open to help move air through your home. Blocked vents allow trapped moisture and mold growth.
- Reduce Indoor Humidity- Venting bathrooms, dryers and using exhaust fans when cooking and cleaning are a start to reducing humidity. It also helps to use a dehumidifier.
Are You Concerned About Mold in Your AC or Other Areas of Your Home?
The best thing you can do is contact an air quality professional who can check and properly treat all areas. At Team AIR-zona, our technicians are indoor air quality experts. We’ll complete an indoor air quality assessment and then let you know what air quality improvement products we recommend for your specific needs.
We care about your comfort and health and want to provide the ultimate indoor air quality for you and your family. Contact us today!