With 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 your 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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