September is melting away. October is on deck. And you know what that means: cold and flu season is almost here. It’s possible to get sick any time of the year, but as the days cool off and it’s colder at night, they become even more prominent. Have you gotten your flu shot yet? If not, it might be time to schedule an appointment. Your health conditions probably won’t improve if mold and mildew are hidden somewhere inside your commercial building’s HVAC unit. That’s why it’s highly recommended to do something about it!
Why You Need to Keep Mold Contained
Air conditioning units of all sizes draw in warm air through their refrigerant substances. Then that is transformed into cold air. However, the cold and moisture lead to an unpleasant byproduct: a breeding ground for mold spores. Outdoor units, rooftop units, and underground units are particularly susceptible to this invader. Portable AC units or those designated as backup systems can also fall victim. Cooler weather is coming, and the transition from the cooling season to the heating season could be tricky.
Start with a Thorough Inspection
The prospect of sick building syndrome can be a daunting one. But one way to prevent it from getting out of control is to inspect your systems and ductwork for any signs of mold growth. All you need to do this is a flashlight and some courage. Clusters, lines, and fuzzes of odd colors indicate the presence of mold colonies.
Confirm the Efficiency of Ventilation and Filtration
Once that step is done, verify how well your vents are working. Likewise, you might want to change the air filters and optimize the air scrubbers; after all, a multi-spectrum approach is far more effective. When it comes to mold, there is no kill, like overkill.
Arrange for Timely Remediation Measures
In the end, it’s best to work with professional HVAC technicians. These specialists are licensed and certified to carry out delicate repair orders without damaging the machinery or rendering it inoperable. Finding where the mold infestation is hiding and growing is only half the battle. Cleaning off the spores is easy enough, but you might not have the time or know-how to complete such a task. In the worst-case scenario, replacing your HVAC system altogether could be a serious possibility. Talk to your HVAC contractor, and they can discuss the next steps with you!
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