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Can Mold Grow in My HVAC Unit?

by Resto Pros on November 1, 2019

can mold grow in my hvac unit

With the right moisture content and nutrients, mold can make its way into many parts of your home. One place mold spores can show up is your HVAC unit. Spores can make their way through your ducts and when inhaled, can cause reactions such as the worsening of asthma and flaring up of allergies. However, don’t panic because even though mold can grow in your HVAC unit, it can also be prevented. The team at RestoPros is here to tell you a little more about how you can protect your HVAC unit from mold!

How to Prevent Mold Growth in Your HVAC Unit

Have Your Ducts Inspected

The ductwork in your home is particularly vulnerable to mold growth and mold spores. Often, ductwork that has not been inspected in a while can accumulate dust, debris and moisture, creating the ideal environment for mold growth

You often breathe in the air that circulates through your ductwork, so it is important it is free of allergens, pollutants and mold spores. If your allergies keep getting triggered or you feel your indoor air quality is not ideal, you might want to have your ductwork inspected by an HVAC technician. In addition, a mold remediation specialist can inspect your indoor air quality for any signs of mold.

Use a Dehumidifier

If you live in a particularly humid climate, using a dehumidifier is a great appliance to have. A dehumidifier essentially maintains the humidity in your home, reducing excess moisture and dampness. To prevent mold, the ideal amount of humidity should be between 30 and 50 percent.

Replace Air Filter Regularly

Replacing your air filter is one of the easiest ways you can ensure your HVAC unit is well-maintained and protected from pollutants and mold spores.  A clogged filter can worsen your indoor air quality as well as air flow and even cause your evaporator coil to freeze up. By regularly replacing your filter, you can ensure the efficiency of your HVAC system and prevent energy losses. According to the Department of Energy, by replacing your clogged filter with a clean one you can lower your system’s energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent.

Professional Maintenance

By having your HVAC system professionally maintained, you can protect it from mold and ensure it is working properly. As we transition into the colder season in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, now is the perfect time to have a professional technician look at your HVAC unit.

Remove Mold from HVAC Unit with RestoPros

If you feel like you might have a mold problem in your HVAC unit, you might be inclined to handle it yourself. However, it is best to contact a professional—in fact, many states have requirements that only a licensed mold remediation professional remove any mold in your home. If you get the sense that your HVAC unit might have mold, get in touch with RestoPros. Our experts will ensure that your HVAC unit and entire home is mold-free! Call us today at 855-587-3786 or schedule a service on our website!