If your Benton, Louisiana, home smells musty and you don’t see mold anywhere in the house, then it might be hiding inside your air conditioner. Mold present in an AC unit can easily become airborne and trigger allergic reactions. Some types of mold can even cause pneumonia and lung bleeding. If you suspect mold may be lurking in your AC, you should have an air conditioning professional check and remove the mold from your machine as soon as possible to protect your health.
What Causes Mold Growth in Air Conditioners?
Hot air that enters the air conditioner for cooling is often humid and contains moisture. This moisture combines with the dust that gathers on the coils, blower, and ductwork over time, creating a favorable condition for mold growth. In most cases, mold growth starts from the evaporator coil, which is often wet, given the high humidity levels in Louisiana.
How Can You Prevent Air Conditioner Mold?
Keeping your air conditioner components free from dirt is the first step towards preventing mold growth. Change your AC filter regularly and clean the ducts, evaporator coil, and blower periodically. Next, ensure that condensation inside the unit is kept in check so that water does not accumulate. If the humidity levels in your home are high, consider installing a dehumidifier. A UV lamp is another great accessory to keep the evaporator coil free from micro-organisms and mold growth.
Dealing with Existing Mold
The mold inside the air conditioner can easily spread throughout your home along with the air that circulates from the machine. This makes it even more urgent to eliminate the mold as soon as you detect it. Undertaking mold removal from an AC system requires you to have proper tools and experience. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends calling in a professional since doing it yourself can expose you to toxic mold spores.
Regular AC maintenance combined with indoor air quality measures from Pioneer Comfort Systems can prevent mold growth to a great extent. We are also the experts to call for safe and correct mold removal. Call us today at 318-965-7200.
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