How to Deal with Mold in Your Home’s Air Ducts

air ducts moldA house with poor air quality can make its occupants physically sick. Poor air quality has been blamed for headaches, nausea, watery eyes, fatigue, and skin disorders. These symptoms can be caused by a buildup of pollutants, including mold. Mold produces spores that float in the air and can cause people to have allergic reactions if they are repeatedly exposed to them.

An air conditioning system can contribute to mold. If mold spores make their way into air conditioning ducts, they can accumulate there, along with other contaminants, such as dust. You cannot see or smell these contaminants in your AC ducts, but they can still affect your health.

Moisture is an important factor that allows mold to grow in a house. It is almost impossible to avoid moisture in air conditioning ducts. If you use your air conditioner a lot, there is little time for the moisture to dry up. Moisture can cause dirt to become caked on inside the duct, allowing mold to grow.

The situation is especially troublesome in humid climates. As the humidity fluctuates when an air conditioner is run, mold can grow, produce spores, and be spread throughout the house through the air conditioning ducts.

You can prevent mold by using the air conditioner less or by cleaning the ducts on a regular basis. Changing your filters regularly can prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, and mold. You can replace your filters with a newer version that can remove smaller particles from the air.

If it has been a while since you had your AC ducts cleaned, now is the time to schedule an appointment, before you start using the air conditioner every day to battle the summer heat. Preferred Hood & Duct can clean your AC ducts to remove dust and mold and prevent a host of health problems for your family. Contact us today to schedule a duct cleaning appointment.

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