With spring and summer coming up, many homeowners in Monterey will begin to use their air conditioners soon, if they haven’t already. Air conditioners often lead to the growth of mold inside houses. An air conditioning unit causes the level of humidity in the house to fluctuate, which causes mold to grow and spread.
How Air Conditioners Can Allow Mold to Grow
It is practically impossible to completely prevent moisture in air ducts. Air is saturated when it leaves the evaporator while an air conditioner is on. If the air conditioner is run a lot, the moisture cannot dry up. Dirt can become caked on in the ducts and encourage the growth of mold. This can be prevented by using the AC less and by keeping the air ducts clean.
Exposure to Mold Can Affect Your Family’s Health
Repeated exposure to mold can irritate the respiratory tract and cause allergic reactions with symptoms including congestion, throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, and eye or skin irritation. If mold spores settle in the air conditioning ductwork along with other contaminants, you may not be able to see or smell them, but they can still affect your family’s health.
Replace Your Filters to Keep Your HVAC Ducts Clean
One of the best ways to keep your air ducts clean is to use effective filters. If you have pets or plants in your home, you may need to upgrade your HVAC filters. Newer filters can trap smaller particles than older fiberglass filters. If you don’t clean or change your filters, dirt and dust can accumulate, prevent the filters from working, and allow dirt and mold spores to get into the ductwork. Dust and mold spores can also get into ductwork through leaks around the duct joints in an attic.
Get Your AC Ducts Cleaned This Spring
The weather is turning warmer, and soon you will be running your air conditioner every day. That could put your family at risk if your ductwork and filters are contaminated with dirt and mold.
The AC ducts in your home should be cleaned periodically to remove contaminants. Regular duct cleaning can prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, and mold spores that could affect your family’s health.
Preferred Hood & Duct serves homeowners all over Monterey. We can clean your HVAC ducts to remove contaminants. This can improve your indoor air quality and keep your family healthy. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to have your HVAC ducts cleaned.