Mold is a fungus that can spread into your home with the help of airborne mold spores. It grows in damp, humid areas so places such as your kitchen and bathroom are especially prone to it. However, mold can end up growing in slightly unexpected areas such as your HVAC unit. Once your HVAC unit is exposed to mold, it can cause greater problems in the future so it’s important to take the right measures to prevent it. If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry! The pros at American Air & Heat are here to help you keep your HVAC system mold-free!
- Change Your Air Filter
- Check Drain Pans
The indoor overflow drain pan located underneath the evaporator coils in your unit is susceptible to mold. Condensation drips off the evaporator coil into the drain pan, increasing the moisture content and making a perfect spot for mold to grow. To prevent mold from growing in your drain pan, make sure to clean it out the best way you can. Drain out any condensate and make sure it isn’t left damp. In addition, make sure there aren’t any cracks or leaks in the drain pan. Water from the drain pan should drain away into the secondary drain line and leaks prevent that from happening.
- Keep Air Ducts Clean
The ductwork around your home is an important part of your HVAC unit. The air you breathe frequently passes through your ducts and if there are any mold spores within, you might end up inhaling them. Mold spores can cause allergic reactions and worsen asthma symptoms in those who suffer from them. Make sure your ducts are cleaned and inspected annually. Not only do you want your ducts to be clean, but you also want them to be properly sealed. If there are any leaks, mold spores might make their way in and find a place to settle down in your home.
- Consider a Dehumidifier
If you want to protect not only your HVAC unit but your entire home from mold, consider getting a dehumidifier. This appliance is particularly helpful if you live in a more humid climate. To prevent creating the ideal environment for mold growth, keep your indoor humidity between 30 and 50 %.
Changing your air filter consistently is one of the easiest ways you can keep your HVAC unit well-maintained. A clean air filter reduces your unit’s energy consumption by up to 15% and helps maintain healthy indoor air quality. In addition, it prevents allergens, pollutants, harmful particles, and mold spores from reaching your unit and wreaking havoc on it. Your air filter doesn’t simply protect your indoor air quality, it protects your HVAC unit as well. So, make sure you replace it at least once or twice every month!
Keep Your HVAC System Mold-Free with American Air & Heat!
If you want to learn more about how you can protect your HVAC unit from a mold invasion, get in touch with the pros at American Air & Heat! Call us today at (407) 512-9337 or schedule an appointment with us on our website!