Finding mold in your air vents and ducts can be an unsettling discovery. On the bright side, it’s a simple problem to fix when armed with the right knowledge and tools.
AirWiz Duct Cleaning has a team of experienced technicians who handle mold remediation with ease. They’ll conduct a site visit to determine the extent of the problem and provide a safe and permanent solution.
Effects of having mold in your AC vents
While mold in your AC vents might often go unnoticed, its continuous accumulation releases spores that can lead to symptoms like throat irritation, nasal stuffiness, runny nose, persistent coughing, and other respiratory issues. You can also smell a musty odor each time your AC operates, signaling the presence of mold.
Mold can also lead to itchy and irritated eyes, skin irritation, diarrhea and vomiting, impaired concentration, headaches, and fatigue.
How to determine if you have mold in your AC ducts
Signs of mold in your AC vents and ducts include:
- Distinct musty odor: One of the most telling signs is a persistent musty smell throughout your home, especially when the AC is running. This scent is often the result of mold spores being circulated.
- Visible mold indications: Check around your HVAC system’s vents, registers, and other parts. If you notice dark spots, discoloration, or fuzzy growths, it’s likely mold. Due to spore circulation, mold can also manifest in other areas in your home, so be on the lookout.
- Health issues: If you or a family member experiences sudden allergy symptoms without a clear cause, it could be a reaction to mold spores in the air. These symptoms can resemble common allergic reactions but persist regardless of the season.
How do I get rid of mold in air ducts?
To permanently get rid of mold in your air conditioning system:
- Turn the air conditioner off before you start inspecting or cleaning to stop the spread of mold throughout your space.
- Determine the type of air duct you have. Is it a flex duct, fiberglass, or a metal sheet? The cleaning method and costs will depend on the type of duct material. Removing mold from metal sheets is easier than fiberglass ducts. In fact, fiberglass ducts should be replaced rather than cleaned.
- Hire a mold removal company. We believe removing mold from a metal duct system is challenging, dangerous, and time-consuming without proper experience and tools. A professional air duct cleaning service like AirWiz Duct Cleaning can eliminate the mold and address the cause to prevent future problems.
- Ensure the company’s credibility by confirming if the company adheres to the standards set by the National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA). They should use EPA-approved products and methods for mold removal. Avoid companies that use moisture-involved methods like steam cleaning. Our certifications ensure we deliver quality work, so you can trust we’ll do a good job.
How do I prevent mold from growing in my air ducts?
Knowing how to remove mold from the ducts is one piece of the puzzle. Once it’s gone, you should know how to prevent it and keep your air ducts mold-free. Below is how to do it.
- Maintain humidity levels: Ensure your home’s humidity stays below 60% (ideally between 30-50%). High humidity can create a breeding ground for mold. You can consider investing in a dehumidifier for areas prone to excess moisture.
- Inspect for water leaks: Regularly check areas around windows, roofs, and plumbing fixtures for slow leaks. Even minor leaks can lead to significant mold growth over time.
- Proper AC drain pan sloping: Ensure the drain pans under your AC unit slope towards the drain. This prevents water accumulation, which can be a mold hotspot.
- Adopt an HVAC maintenance plan: Regular HVAC check-ups can catch potential mold causes early. Air filters should be changed, and components inspected routinely.
- Schedule periodic duct cleanings: Even with preventive measures, some dust and moisture can accumulate. Professional duct cleaning every few months can help keep the system mold-free, especially if you live in a humid area.
- Use advanced air purifiers: UV light and ionization air purifiers can neutralize mold spores, preventing them from settling and growing in your ducts.
By implementing these measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of mold growth in your air ducts, ensuring a healthier living environment.
Mold remediation with AirWiz Duct Cleaning
Mold in your air ducts isn’t just a minor inconvenience; it’s a potential health hazard that requires immediate attention. While DIY methods can offer temporary solutions, ensuring complete mold eradication demands the expertise of professionals. Call AirWiz at 301-871–2250.
AirWiz Duct Cleaning brings years of experience, advanced equipment, and a commitment to restoring indoor air quality. Don’t let mold compromise your family’s health or the efficiency of your HVAC system. Contact us today for mold remediation, and let us help you breathe easier, knowing your home is in expert hands.