Mold Growth in your HVAC System: How to Prevent it

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The problem with mold in your HVAC system

HVAC ductwork, coils and drip pans are a perfect place for mold to thrive. Since your HVAC system circulates air throughout your entire home, the presence of mold can mean you and your family are breathing unhealthy air. Common types of mold can lead to respiratory issues, cough, itchy eyes and more irritations. More serious types can cause disease, brain and lung issues and even death.

How to identify mold in your HVAC system

The best way to identify mold in your system is to simply look for it. Regularly check your duct work, coils, registers and drip pans for signs of mold, mold spores or moisture and condensation that could aid in mold growth. Because mold isn’t always in plain sight, you’ll also want to use your nose. If you have a mold issue, you will most likely smell a mildew scent throughout your home. If you turn off your system for 20-30 minutes and the smell lessens or goes away, it’s likely the mold is in your HVAC system or ductwork.

Preventing mold in your HVAC system

Avoiding mold growth in the first place is much easier than having to remove it down the road. Use the following preventative measures:

  • Keep your HVAC equipment, ductwork and registers free of dust and debris
  • Call for service if you notice any moisture or condensation in your ductwork
  • Be sure that ductwork is properly sealed
  • Replace HVAC filters often and consistently
  • Clean drip pans regularly

The best prevention method

Regular professional HVAC maintenance is the easiest and most effective way to prevent mold growth in your HVAC system. A service appointment includes an inspection and thorough cleaning of the parts in a system that most often see mold growth.

If you live in the Canton or Akron, Ohio area and suspect you have mold growth in your HVAC system or want to learn more about the preventative measures you can take to avoid it, contact Crown Group Ohio today.