4 tips for preventing mold in ductwork

Tips to Prevent Mold In DuctworkWith the right conditions, mold can grow in your home’s cooling and heating ductwork. Mold in ductwork is a more common problem than you might think, and it negatively impacts your indoor air quality and can pose a health risk.

Exposure to molds can result in eye irritation, nasal stuffiness, skin irritation, and wheezing. Moreover, people with chronic lung disorders can develop a mold infestation inside the lungs.

Mold infestations are common in regions with humid weather. While you can’t completely get rid of mold, you can take actions to prevent and control mold infestations. Here are four steps that you can take to prevent mold from growing in your home’s ductwork.

1. Keep furniture away from vents

You should make sure that your furniture is not blocking the air flow vent. Any blockage could prevent the air conditioner from properly circulating the air in your home.

Stagnant air, combined with dark light conditions, can bring about condensation. This can encourage mold growth inside the ducts. That’s why you should keep furniture items—from drapes to couches—away from your home’s vents.

2. Keep moisture at bay

High humidity levels also encourage mold growth inside the ducts. To avoid mold infestation, you should consider using a dehumidifier to keep the humidity levels inside the house balanced.

Also, you should consider buying a humidifier monitor that can monitor the humidity level inside the house. The humidity level should be kept between 35 – 50 percent. Mold growth will start in the ducts if the humidity level inside the house is more than 70 percent.

3. Keep HVAC ducts clean to prevent mold in ductwork

Regular cleaning of the HVAC ducts will prevent mold growth. Not cleaning the ducts regularly could result in mold buildup, or the buildup of other materials that negatively impact your home’s indoor air quality.

Call King for our ductwork cleaning service. You should have your ducts cleaned by a professional technician, as cleaning the ducts to remove and prevent mold growth requires great expertise and skill.

Also, be sure to ask King about our selection of air purification systems.

4. Have King install the right HVAC system for y our home

Keep in mind that large-sized HVAC units tend to create more moisture. More moisture means increased risk of a mold infestation. That’s why it’s recommended to use a proper size unit to avoid the chances of a mold infestation. King offers free in-home estimates on new air conditioners and furnaces so that our professional technicians can match you to the right system for your space and comfort needs.

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Air duct cleaning from King can really improve your home’s air quality

Your need regular air duct cleaning from a professional company. King Heating and Cooling is your source for superior air duct services, including a full-service cleaning that removes all dust and grime. In this post, we’ll review why air duct cleaning is so important.

Thought about your home’s air ducts lately?

Air Duct Cleaning

Chances are that your air ducts don’t look this bad—yet. It’s still a good idea to get them cleaned.

When your air conditioner needs service, you’ll know it because you’re no longer getting cooling comfort during the summer. When your furnace goes out, you’ll be aware of it because your house will start to get chilly in the winter months, especially here in Chicago. When your air ducts need service, however, how do you know?

Your home’s air ducts are likely out-of-sight, out-of-mind. After all, in most homes, they’re hidden behind walls, above ceilings, and in attics. Yet, just as you regularly vacuum and clean the areas of your home that you live in, you should also have your air ducts cleaned. Think about the dust, dirt, and pet hair that accumulates around your living spaces every month. Now, add outdoor pollutants and—potentially—mold to that list, and you can imagine what your home’s air ducts look like after a while.

Why should I schedule air duct cleaning?

Do you know exactly what’s in your home’s air? That’s kind of a trick question: how could you? Most airborne materials and contaminants are invisible to the naked eye. From bacteria to dust, it’s hard to know what you’re breathing in—without an air quality test from the professionals at King, that is.

Not only could a buildup of materials and contaminants impact your home’s air, but it could have a range of other effects, including:

  • Lowered energy efficiency: As dust and other materials begin to build up in air ducts, they restrict the otherwise unimpeded movement of cooled and heated air from one space to another in your home, resulting in lowered energy efficiency. Don’t spend more on your energy bills than you have to. Instead, schedule an air duct cleaning with King Heating and Cooling.
  • Less musty odors: Has your home been smelling musty or stale, no matter how often you open the windows to pull in fresh air? If so, the problem might be hidden away in your air ducts. Professional air duct cleaning can help identify the source of odors and deal with them, leading to fresh-smelling air, all day long. That’s something you can breathe in deep.
  • Reduced allergens: Yes, among everything else that could be hiding in your home’s air ducts are allergens, from pet dander to various types of pollen. Without cleaning and treatment, your spring is going to feature a lot of sneezing and watery eyes in your home—which should be your one place of refuge from allergy problems.

What else can I do to improve indoor air quality?

Air Duct Cleaning and Filters

In addition to air duct cleaning, filters can be a great way to clean your home’s air.

Air duct cleaning is a great first step, but if you really want to get serious about great indoor air quality, King offers several solutions for clearing the air. First, there’s a wide range of filters that you can use, from ones that need to regularly replaced to some that can be washed and reused, over and over again. When filters aren’t enough, we also install various air purification systems that clean and purify the air entering your home through a variety of methods. If you’re highly sensitive to allergens or want to prevent things like bacteria or viruses from living in your home’s air, an air purifier might be a perfect match for your home.

Why should I choose King for this service?

King is a trusted heating and cooling company that serves Chicago’s South Side communities. We’re HVAC experts, and that doesn’t just mean the air conditioning unit and the furnace. We know our way around the entire system, including the air ducts, and our technicians are experienced at proper air duct cleaning. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all the work we do, and you can expect our team to be honest and be able to share with you information about what your ducts look like.

To schedule your air duct cleaning this fall, give King a call at (708) 687-6898. We look forward to working with you and making your home’s air more breathable.