How to Eliminate Mold From Your Home HVAC System

There are a number of reasons why you may have mold inside your HVAC system. Those reasons may be related to some of theĀ causes of poor indoor air quality, like a lack of insulation, improper circulation, or too much moisture in the air. Mold usually grows as a result of a major change in temperature between the HVAC system and the room that the central unit is housed in. Throw in a little humidity and you have a potentially messy problem on your hands. This is why you want to get aggressive when it comes to eliminating the mold. Here is how you can eliminate mold from your home HVAC system.

First and foremost, you want to find out where the mold is. There are some obvious places where mold tends to break out. One of the most common places that mold proliferates is on the condenser unit – typically on the fan blades. When you run your system, it creates a lot of changes in temperature, so when the fans stop, mold can start to grow. Mold can also start to grow in your ductwork, so you want to pay close attention to the ducts closest to the central unit – if you notice moisture or humidity, you probably have a mold issue.

Next, you want to get serious about removing the mold. This will require some heavy duty cleaning. In most cases, a bleach solution will kill the spores, so you want to wear some protective gear and get to work. You want to cover your eyes, respiratory system, and skin for two reasons. One of those reasons is so that you don’t become sick from the bleach fumes. Another reason is so that you don’t breathe in those mold spores – nor do you want the mold to touch your skin or get in your eyes. With the bleach solution, you can slowly wipe down all the areas where there is mold. Make sure to use one rag to get rid of the mold and the other to disinfect the area.

After you remove the mold, you want to put measures in place to make sure the mold doesn’t come back. One of those measures includes replacing the filter on your HVAC system and tuning up the condenser unit. Also, you want to want to make sure that the room where the central unit is housed is properly ventilated. If there is too much humidity in that room, you may want to invest in a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier will make sure that the room is the ideal moisture level – when the HVAC system is running and when it is turned off.

In the end, a moldy HVAC system is not very pleasant. Not only can it blow mold spores throughout your home, but it can also start to smell. Typically, it will emit a musty odor that is akin to mildew. To remove the mold, it is all about finding the source, destroying the mold, and making sure it doesn’t come back. In the end, you want to remove mold sooner rather than later because it can start to cause some serious problems that can spread quickly.

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