We all know there’s no Boogie Man under the bed. But there could be another monster hiding in your home. It’s slimy, likes dark spaces, and can be harmful to your health. We’re talking about mold. And many of our customers are surprised to learn that it could be lurking in their heating and cooling systems. But don’t worry because DeZiel Heating & AC is here to help you shoo this monster away.
Where mold can grow in your HVAC system
Mold can grow almost anywhere there’s moisture – and it can spread quickly without you noticing. There are a few common places that you may find mild growing in your HVAC system.
- If the furnace has a condensation issue, mold can grow inside the unit.
- If you have central air conditioning, mold can grow on the evaporator coils.
- Last but not least, dirty ducts can be a breeding ground for mold, and moving air can help it spread all over the home.
What to do if there’s mold in your furnace or ducts
When you suspect or identify mold in your heating system or ductwork, you want to address the issue right away by contacting an HVAC professional or mold remediation expert. The infected areas must be thoroughly cleaned. When removing mold, you have to very careful not to spread spores. Proper safety equipment such as a respirator is recommended when dealing with mold.
To prevent the mold from coming back, you must also fix the source of the moisture. This can be a clogged condensate line in your furnace, a broken pipe, or a leak in your roof that’s allowing water to get into your HVAC system.
Mold prevention tips
The best way to deal with mold is preventing it from growing in the first place. The fact is mold spores are naturally found in the air, so it’s nearly impossible to remove all the living organisms from your home. But what you can do is control the moisture level and keep surfaces clean so the spores can’t attach and grow.
Scheduling regular maintenance appointments for your HVAC system (including furnace, air conditioning, and ducts) can give you peace of mind that everything is clean and in working order. You can also make sure that rooms with moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens, are properly vented so moisture can circulate.