Yes! Even your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is susceptible to mold growth. Cold air passing through HVAC ducts combined with a warm external environment creates condensation, which is conducive to mold growth; accumulated dust, dirt, pollen, and animal dander makes it thrive even more.
Signs of mold growth
Mold issues are not usually visible to the naked eye until it has turned into a full-blown infestation. Here are a few definitive signs of mold growth within your HVAC system, according to mold remediation specialists at Rytech Nashville:
There’s a strong musty odor throughout the house when the HVAC system is running.
You experience eyes, nose, or throat irritation when you step into an air-conditioned room.
You experience allergic reactions like a runny nose, itchy eyes, unexplainable headaches, and rashes that subside when you step outside your home.
You can already spot mold growth within the intake vents and around the air ducts and drip pans.
Don’t wait for an infestation to happen before taking action as mold poses serious health risks, especially among children and the elderly. It can aggravate cases of asthma, COPD, and other respiratory disorders.
Preventing mold growth in your HVAC system
Consider these preventive measures if you want to avoid recurring mold problems:
- Regularly replace your HVAC system’s filters.
- Insulate the air ducts to reduce condensation.
- Clean drip pans regularly. Standing water is a breeding ground for mold colonies.
- Invest in a quality humidifier and place it near mold-prone areas. This will accelerate water evaporation in the HVAC’s air ducts and help prevent future mold growth.
- Have the unit maintained regularly by an HVAC professional and check for damage and system malfunctions periodically.
Should you experience a severe mold infestation, it’s best to contact an experienced mold remediation professional. Rytech Nashville’s mold remediation team strives to always deliver expert solutions in the most professional and ethical way possible. IICRC-certified technicians will thoroughly inspect your HVAC system for mold infestation. Together with a certified indoor air quality professional, our team will develop an immediate and efficient plan of action to remove the mold and detect the moisture causing it. Get in touch with us to learn more.
Rytech Nashville has become a leader in the water damage restoration and mold remediation industry. From its humble beginnings in one location, the company has reached exponential growth and currently provides service to 49 major markets across 25 states. Call (615) 751-8445 for more information.