Several types of mold exist that may create health risks for you and/or your family. This entry is not intended to be alarmist, but rather to inform our customers of how to determine if they have mold and how to prevent mold from becoming a problem.
The air conditioner is a prime spot for mold spores to collect, as the damp and cool conditions of your system are ideal for mold. Mold may be found in the vents, on the coil and on various parts of your air conditioning systems. All Year Cooling offers free visual mold evaluations to help homeowners determine if further testing is required. We also offer lab testing and examinations. If mold is detected, homeowners may be encouraged to clean their vents and ducts or other parts of the A/C system in order to get rid of the mold.
Once the mold is removed, preventing it from returning becomes the focus. Use your exhaust fans when cooking or showering. Try to limit the number of plants kept indoors. Get your indoor humidity under control. Identify and fix leaks (pipes, foundation, roof, windows, walls, gutters, etc.). In some cases, the only way to prevent mold from returning is to address what caused mold to form in the first place (i.e. a leak).
As far as your air conditioning system goes, opt for a sloped drain pan to avoid stagnant water from collecting in a flat drain pan, change your filter regularly and have your cooling coils sanitized. Also make sure that your home is properly ventilated and change your shower curtain when you begin to notice mold growing on it, most likely near the bottom. Finally, simply keeping your home clean can go a long way in preventing mold problems.
All Year Cooling’s indoor air quality experts will answer any further questions about mold and our mold evaluation services, so give us a call or just shoot us an email.