5 Ways to Prevent Mold Growth In Your HVAC System
Mold spores are everywhere indoors and outdoors. The problem occurs when there are more spores present inside than there are outside. When mold has the perfect environment: food source (dust and dirt), high levels of moisture and ideal temperature, it will thrive. Since it’s nearly impossible to eradicate all dust and dirt in our homes, homeowners must tackle the other variants to keep mold growth under control.
If you’re concerned about mold developing in your HVAC system, here are five tasks you can do to help prevent it.
1. Clean the Air Filters Regularly
One of the easiest ways to prevent mold growth in your HVAC system is by keeping air filters clean. You should change your filters at a minimum of every three months. However, if you start to notice any signs of mold on the filter or in the vents, you should immediately change it and have your HVAC unit checked by a professional at Shadrach Cooling & Plumbing. Not only can we change your air filters, Shadrach can also provide you with more in depth information on how regular filter changes can help prevent mold growth in your HVAC unit and help keep your cooling system operating at the correct temperature.
2. UV Light Installation
Ultraviolet (UV) lights are one of the best ways to kill mold that’s present and to prevent mold from reoccurring in your HVAC system. UV lights are also great at killing bacteria and viruses. The UV light is typically installed at the intake ducts of your HVAC system.
3. Ensure the Condensate Drain Is Clear
Another way to prevent mold from growing is to keep the condensate drain on your HVAC system free from debris. It is essential for this drain to operate properly, as it is designed to remove condensation from the HVAC system. Your condensate drain should be checked and cleaned regularly such as would be done during one of Shadrach Cooling & Plumbing’s seasonal air conditioning maintenance inspections.
4. Check the Seals Around the Vents
It’s also essential to ensure that there are no air leaks in your ductwork or around the vents where they are attached to the walls, ceiling or floors. Leaks in either of these components of your HVAC system not only cause your system to run less efficiently, but also may allow condensation to form, creating a prime environment for mold to grow.
5. Employ a Preventative Maintenance Program
Finally, hiring a professional company to perform regular preventative maintenance on your HVAC system will allow you to have air leaks sealed, condensation problems fixed and filters cleaned as needed before they become larger issues. With regular systems maintenance, you get peace of mind that each part of your cooling and heating systems is functioning as it should to give you the highest level of comfort and to operate at peak performance.
By using these five tips for preventing mold in your HVAC system, you can help ensure that your home is a safe and healthy environment for your loved ones. Call Shadrach Plumbing & Cooling in Fountain Hills, AZ, today for all your HVAC needs. Our team strives to the highest degree to provide top-notch, professional HVAC services, including repair, replacement and maintenance.