The Dangers of Mold and Mildew in Your HVAC System

The Dangers of Mold and Mildew in Your HVAC System

Mold and mildew are common growths in the natural world. Outdoors, mold breaks down decaying matter. Indoors growths can release mold spores into the air we breathe. Tiny amounts of mold pose no serious risk to our health, but more significant growths can lead to a number of health issues for our families and pets. Those who are particularly susceptible to respiratory issues, such as allergies or asthma, may experience an increase in symptoms due to mold growths.

Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Mold exposure has a common set of symptoms that may easily be mistaken for a number of other conditions. Colds, seasonal allergies, and asthma can all mimic the symptoms of mold allergies. These symptoms include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Congestion
  • Headaches
  • Irritation of the throat, nose, eyes, and skin
  • Rashes
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

It can be difficult to determine if the cause of these symptoms is mold, but if the symptoms don’t decrease or grow worse over time, it may be time to examine your home for mold.

Signs of Mold Growth in Your Home

HVAC systems can harbor mold and mildew, and can circulate spores through the air of your entire home. Look for the following signs of mold growth:

  • Visible mold or dark patches in and around your ducts, air intake vents, and drip pans.
  • A strong damp, musty, smell in your home.
  • The appearance of condensation in your home, including inside your ducts.
  • The appearance of any of the physical symptoms of mold exposure in you and your family members.

If you suspect that there is mold growth in your home, it needs to be addressed immediately. Contact a certified HVAC service professional to inspect your system for mold growth. If they find growth in your ducts, your service technician can arrange for a cleaning service to clear the mold problem and change your filters to protect your home from further growth.

You can also take steps to clean mold in your home, to reduce the risk of mold-related illness. A diluted bleach solution can be used to wash away visible mold, but be certain to wear gloves and a mask to protect yourself from bleach fumes. You should also inspect and clean your kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans. These fans are responsible for removing humid air from your home, and can help prevent mildew and mold from growing in your home.

Prevent Mold Growth in Your HVAC System

After your home has been cleared of mold, it is important to prevent mold from growing again. In damp or humid conditions it can be a constant battle to keep your home free of mold. There are steps you can take that can help prevent mold from growing in your home.

  • Replace the air filter in your HVAC system every three months to keep clean air circulating through your home.
  • Insulate your air ducts to reduce the amount of compensation produced and reduced the chances of mold and mildew.
  • Run a dehumidifier in your home. This device will allow condensation to evaporate into the air rather than collecting in your HVAC system.
  • Regularly clean and sterilize your drip pans. Preventing water from collecting can reduce the moisture in your home and keep mold from growing.
  • Immediately dry wet areas, such as spills, leaks, splashes, steam-cleaned carpets, and other sources of moisture.
  • Schedule routine inspections and cleanings for your HVAC system to prevent mold and to keep your system running well.

The conditions of your home may allow mold to flourish in your home, but regular maintenance can help prevent mold from growing. If your HVAC system isn’t preventing the growth of mold in your home, you may want to explore other option to remove humidity from your home, such as whole-home dehumidifiers and exhaust fans.

Schedule an Inspection of Your HVAC System

At Trademark Home Services, our highly trained and completely certified Sugar Land HVAC service technicians can help diagnose and fix your home’s mold issue. We are equipped to clean your system and help you take steps to protect your home from further damage, all while providing you with high-quality customer service and workmanship. We back up all our work with our 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can rest easy knowing that your home is protected.

Contact Trademark Home Services today! Call (281) 819-5852 to request a free inspection.