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Fighting the Growth of Mold in Your Air Ducts

Fighting the Growth of Mold in Your Air Ducts

Mold can grow inside your air ducts. Mold spores can lurk there, untouched and allowed to flourish.

Mold can grow inside your air ducts. Mold spores can lurk there, untouched and allowed to flourish. A strange smell can tell you that there is mold growing somewhere out of sight. You can also tell that there is mold when you can see it, although by this time the infestation has gotten out of hand. Finally, allergy-like symptoms can indicate the presence of mold. These symptoms include headaches, nausea, and itchy eyes. You don’t want this to affect anyone working for you, so here is how you can deal with mold growing in your HVAC system’s air ducts. 

Reasons for Mold Growth 

One reason you might be dealing with mold growth is due to oversized AC units. These units can cool down the room too quickly without removing humidity from the air. Excess moisture left behind can lead to mold growth. Another reason is if your air conditioner is set to a very low level, which is tempting to do in the high heat of the summer. Moisture needs to be able to evaporate and if it doesn’t, then it becomes a problem. It has something to do with the principle called temperature differential. Leaky ductwork is another reason for mold growth also leads to condensation, which can in turn cause mold to grow out of control.  

Why You Need Professional Attention 

Expert technicians are trained in techniques of mold remediation that will return your air ducts to full efficiency. Many business owners, especially small business owners, will think that contracting this service out represents an unnecessary expense, but it is more necessary than you might think. Using ordinary cleaners on mold isn’t good enough. It’s also possible that in attempting to clean your HVAC system yourself, that you will leave behind lasting damage

Preventing Future Mold Growth  

One way to prevent future mold growth is to renew your preventative maintenance plan. This means that someone is always monitoring the condition of your HVAC system and ensuring that there are no leaks. Maintenance also helps prevent breakdowns that lead to downtime, which is something that your company probably can’t afford right now. Make sure that the air ducts connected to your HVAC system are kept clean on a regular basis as well. Using UV light or ionization-based air purification measures is also a good idea if you can afford it. These purifiers can kill mold spores along with other types of germs and bacteria that could be accumulating without your knowledge. 

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