Although often mild compared to the north, southern winters can sometimes be cold. While having the temperature drop below 20 degrees is unusual, it’s not impossible. Since we are in the middle of winter, it’s safe to say that everyone has their heaters on full blast. During this season, you may begin to notice changes in your indoor air. For example, have you noticed odd odors near the air ducts? Or, has your immune system seemed unable to protect you against common sicknesses? If you’ve noticed breathing issues, excessive coughing, or strange odors, then you may have mold in your HVAC system. Mold in HVAC sounds dangerous and while it is, it’s also easy to eradicate it from the contaminated areas. Simply call the professionals at Aspire Heating, Cooling, & Electrical.
Everything You Should Know About Mold
Before calling the professionals, don’t you want to know how mold was able to take up residence in your home? The problem with heat is that it makes your house warm, as it should. However, when your house is warm, water vapors form and gather in your air ducts. Additionally, when there are high levels of moisture and humidity, rather than evaporating, those water vapors will remain. Thus, creating the perfect breeding ground for mold.
Furthermore, when your air ducts are dirty or dusty, that grime adds to the water vapors. Hence, providing the mold with the necessary nourishment it needs to multiply and spread into the air and contaminate areas. Once in the air, that mold travels through the ductwork into your home where you’re regularly consuming it. Besides mold in the air ducts, it’s also possible for it to grow in your HVAC system, specifically your evaporator coils. Located on the top of your HVAC system, evaporator coils only operate when your AC is running. However, during cold months, those coils can also get dusty and foster mold.
The Side Effects of Mold in HVAC Systems
Now that you know about what causes mold to grow, let’s discuss the side effects. As you probably guessed, mold in your house is dangerous. No, it’s not life threatening but it will affect your health, especially if it’s black mold. Mold in HVAC systems can wear down your immune system. Moreover, it can take a major toll on anyone with asthma or allergies. Common mold-induced problems include coughing, wheezing, sneezing, headaches, congestion, asthma attacks, bronchitis, and pneumonia. Although, exact side effects vary, depending on the number of spores inhaled. In many cases, the mold will start out small and you may not even notice it. However, over time, that mold will grow and eventually become much more severe. Therefore, if you’ve experienced many health problems this past year, it’s a good idea to check for mold.
Call the Professionals and Have Them Remove the Mold
If you think you have mold in your HVAC system, you may be right. When you’re in this situation, don’t panic. Instead, call Aspire for professional mold removal. They’ll expertly remove the mold while taking safety into consideration. So, your home will be free of mold and clean once again.
Once the mold is gone, you may be wondering what you can do to prevent it from manifesting again. One of the best ways to protect against mold is by regularly changing out your air filters. A good time frame is to change them every 60 days. Or, 30 days if your HVAC system is easily susceptible to harboring mold spores. Another way is with regular maintenance. During the maintenance checkups, the technician will check for moisture, water and clean your coils. Basically, any areas that harbor moisture can be a breeding ground for mold and should undergo an inspection.
With regular checkups and cleanings from a certified HVAC technician, the mold will never even have a chance to develop. Lastly, do you currently have mold but cannot afford to have it removed? No problem. At Aspire, they offer financing and payment plans. Plus, all veterans and senior citizens can enjoy a 10% discount on all services. To get professional mold removal, simply call Aspire at 336-936-9111. Don’t wait and suffer, banish the mold from your home today!