Mold is a common problem in homes everywhere, and damage from mold isn’t always covered by a standard homeowner’s insurance policy. There are several ways to prevent mold damage in a home, including preventing mold and mildew in HVAC equipment. If you think mold is already an issue in your home, contact the NATE-certified technicians at KS Services! We will inspect your heating and cooling system to determine if mold is present and suggest ways to eliminate it.
What is Mold and Mildew?
There are thousands of different types of mold and mildew, but they all have two things in common:
- They all need moisture to breed and grow
- They digest the organic materials around them
They are microscopic organisms containing enzymes and spores. Mold is beneficial for the outside world because it allows dead organisms to decompose rather than continue to pile up. The problem with mold indoors is it produce smells and compromise the integrity of a home’s structure.
Prevent Mold and Mildew in HVAC Systems:
Mold and HVAC systems are two things that shouldn’t mix! There are a few ways to prevent mold and mildew in HVAC units. If you are worried mold might already be in your HVAC system, call a technician to have your system inspected and cleaned. Our NATE-certified professionals at KS Services will check the unit for mold, and the HVAC system will be assessed for any damage from the mold. Prevent mold and mildew in your HVAC equipment before it becomes an issue:
- Moldy HVAC ducts: Mold in HVAC ducts are common if the air ducts aren’t properly insulated. Increase the insulation in your ductwork to reduce the amount of condensation, which leads more mold in HVAC ducts.
- Change your filter: The air filter is responsible for eliminating any mold inside your HVAC system. Prevent mold and HVAC systems to spread spores via your airflow by replacing the air filter once every three months. Call KS Services to determine which air filter is best for your heating and cooling system. You might be able to use a filter that has a higher MERV rating to trap and eliminate more airborne particles in your home, including mold spores.
- Improve ventilation: Add more ventilation for your heating and cooling system with a heat recovery ventilator or an energy recovery ventilator. Ventilators draw in fresh air to your home and exhaust stale air trapped indoors. With proper ventilation, you can avoid mold in HVAC ducts and other areas of your heating and cooling equipment.
- Air purifiers: Air purifiers are great for eliminating and killing mold, pollen, bacteria, and other pollutants in your home’s air. An air purifier not only destroys mold in your home but it creates healthier, cleaner indoor air for you and your family.
- Humidity levels: Excess moisture from humidity can cause mold and mildew in HVAC systems to spread throughout the rest of your home. Have your air conditioner inspected by a professional to see if your unit is controlling the humidity in your home sufficiently; If it’s not, invest in a dehumidifier to aid in controlling the moisture inside your home.
- UV lights: Install UltraViolet lights near your coils to kill mold spores before they reproduce and migrate through the airflow of your system.
Keep mold in check in your home by preventing it from spreading throughout your heating and cooling system. Schedule service for your HVAC system with the NATE-certified technicians at KS Services. Don’t wait a moment longer, call us today and eliminate mold and mildew in your HVAC system.