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Could Mold Be Growing in Air Vents?

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Savvy business owners in Elmhurst, IL, understand the importance of maintaining the integrity of the building from which it operates. During an inspection, a common culprit to look for is mold. While the focus may be in areas prone to dampness, like air-conditioners and windows, a ventilation system should not be overlooked. Regular HVAC Cleaning can help keep mold from making its home in air ducts.

Causes of Growth

Mold spores drift through the air searching for an ideal location to take root and reproduce. They require food, water and stable temperatures to flourish, which makes HVAC systems an ideal location for it to call home. The purpose of these systems is to balance temperature. As the air blows, dust scatters through the system, providing sustenance for mold. Regular HVAC Cleaning can help limit that food source. If there is a leak or condensation in the system, mold has all it needs to begin its continuous reproductive cycle.

Signs of Trouble

While cleaning vents should be done regularly, it can easily move down the to-do list. When that happens, some telltale signs of mold can help you put it to the top of the list.
• Mold has a strong, unique smell. If it is noticeable in multiple areas, or stronger when the HVAC system is on, it could be growing in the vents.
• Although you may not be able to see it in the venting system, it may be evident inside the grate or around vents and registers.
• If you notice any signs of moisture around vents or in the ceiling, call a professional to find the source of the problem.

Prevention is the key to eradicate mold. HVAC Cleaning not only keeps the system operating properly and efficiently, but it also helps remove elements that mold thrives on. Along with regular cleaning, changing filters and clean drip pans can decrease the chances of mold forming.

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