Could There Be Mold In Your Ductwork?
Did you know that mold is everywhere and you are exposed to it every day? The truth is that mold is a fungus that plays an important role in nature—however, mold growth in your home can lead to serious health issues. Where are some common places mold grows in the home? Bathrooms, kitchen sinks, basements, and HVAC ductwork to name a few. The the thing they each have in common: moisture.
Could there be mold in your ductwork? While mold in bathrooms, kitchens, and even basements can be very easy to spot, mold growth in your ductwork presents itself somewhat differently. If you notice an old, musty smell when your air conditioner is running, there’s a very good chance you have mold buildup in your ductwork. To be sure, you should contact us to test for mold.
Each time you time you turn on your HVAC system, thousands of microscopic mold spores are spread through the air—greatly reducing the indoor air quality of your home. This can lead to problems sleeping, increased headaches, asthma attacks, allergy flareups, shortness of breath, pneumonia, and more. Prolonged exposure to mold can be detrimental to your health and should not be taken lightly.
What Causes Mold Buildup in Your Ductwork?
The short answer: humidity. Mold thrives in moisture. Any area in your home that is prone to high humidity levels is a potential breeding ground for mold. The excessive humidity causes the water in the air to begin to collect rather than evaporate. This is why it is important to have good ventilation in your home.
Once mold settles in your ductwork, it gets comfortable. The only way to remove it is to have an HVAC professional remediate it. This is why annual HVAC maintenance is so important. It ensures that problems such as mold buildup aren’t allow to get out of control. We offer two HVAC maintenance plans that can help you manage the health and life of your HVAC system. Mold is not a problem you want in your home. Request an appointment today.