You expect the air inside your home to be safe, but it may not be as clean as you think. Mold and mildew can breed inside your HVAC system and the spores can travel through the air and negatively impact your health. The symptoms you experience may look like many common problems, so the presence of these fungi can remained hidden until the problems you experience become acute.
Although mold and mildew may not always present themselves in an obvious manner, tell-tale signs of their growth in your HVAC system can include smelling an intense musty odor, and the presence of mold around your air ducts and intake vents. Be sure to check your HVAC system as well for leaks or puddles.
Another tell-tale sign is the negative impact on the health of you and your family. Depending on the number of spores inhaled mold and mildew can aggravate health conditions like asthma and allergies, and cause asthma attacks, pneumonia, bronchitis, headaches, and persistent coughing, sneezing, and congestion.
HVAC mold and mildew originate from condensation that forms in air ducts within the system. When your house is warm water vapors can form and build up in the air ducts as cold air travels through. If high levels of humidity are present the water won’t evaporate and this results in condensation. Condensation combined with outside particles like dust that settle in the water provide food for mold to grow, multiply, and travel throughout your air ducts.
When your air conditioner cycles on and off it contributes to the distribution of the mold in that when the system turns on the mold spores travel from the ducts and out into the air that circulates throughout your home.
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