How To Safely Get Rid Of Mold And Mildew From Air Conditioners
Mold and mildew have long been associated with many health problems, and can easily be seen on most surfaces of your home. However, these awful spores are not always visible to the naked eye. They can thrive in certain environments without you even noticing. One place they like to hide happens to be your air-conditioning vent systems. This poses an even higher risk to your health because the air conditioning systems push air through those vents into all the rooms of your home. The air you're breathing is mixed with the air coming from your AC unit.
Health hazards from mold and mildew in your AC system
Mold and mildew love moisture-rich environments. Your AC system produces a lot of condensation while running, making it one of the primary sources for mold growth. It also circulates the air inside of the home so that these spores spread from room to room contaminating your living space and allowing you to breathe them in. This may cause health hazards to arise when you come in contact with the polluted air.
It's now known that upper respiratory issues are common with exposure to mold and mildew spores. Coughing and sneezing are some lesser symptoms people suffer. In more severe cases, you can see Asthma conditions and even hypersensitivity pneumonitis, which is a disease of the lungs. Children and elderly people are thought to be the most susceptible to these health problems, but anyone with allergies or weaker immune systems are at risk.
Signs you may have mold and mildew in your AC unit
It's not uncommon to spot signs of a mold and mildew infestation after it's been going on for a while. So, it's important to monitor your AC system and take any suspicious signs seriously, just in case. One of the biggest ways to tell is by the coughing and sneezing you might experience while the AC unit is running. If you feel fine at other people's homes, or outside in the sun than it's a good warning to you that the air quality in your home is poor. Mold and mildew spread through the air, making you sick.
You could also see some black dust-like particles near your AC vents. If you notice an accompanying musty smell, then it's more than likely you have a mold problem infesting your ductwork system. If that's the case then it's imperative to get the problem taken care of quickly.
How to safely get rid of mold and mildew in your AC system
It's important to note, however, that cleaning up a mold and mildew problem can be just as serious to your health as leaving them to grow. To get rid of the problem, you must use special precautions, to ensure the spores aren't released in the air, causing more health issues for you and your family. Getting a professional to come in and evaluate the situation and safely clean the air vent system will be necessary to improve your indoor air quality.
American Air Cares is concerned about the health of you and your family. We offer services that help you improve the air quality in your home so you can breathe air free from the particles that cause you unnecessary health problems. We use an air duct purification system that traps mold spores and other allergens, so they don't make it to the living spaces of your home. We also provide air duct cleaning to remove dust, debris, and mold that's contaminating your home's air.
To see what we can do to help you get cleaner air, give us a call!