Are you suffering from fatigue, irritation, and headaches? Figuring out the cause of generalized symptoms like these can be challenging, but we often overlook things that could be lurking right inside our houses.
Mold is a common culprit of unpleasant health symptoms and is frequently found in various areas of our home. Leaving it untreated can expose you to further health risks, like allergies and respiratory conditions.
If you suspect that there may be mold inside of your home that’s affecting your indoor air quality, it’s important to call in the experts. There are several easy ways to help manage the growth of mold, and eliminate the risks to you and your family members.
Since mold thrives in damp, dank conditions, keep the humidity out of your home by employing a dehumidifier. If you have one that’s integrated into your HVAC system, make sure you run it regularly. If not, invest in portable units that can help take humidity out of the air, especially in areas like the bathrooms.
Use your vents
After bathrooms, kitchens are the next most humid spot in most homes. Consistently using the air vent, usually located directly above your stove, can help draw moisture out of these warmer areas where you cook, preventing it from accumulating and contributing to the formation of mold. If you have a gas range, your vent can also remove contaminants like carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide from your home.
Change your filter
We know we keep harping on this one, but changing your HVAC filter as often as every couple of months helps your system to function well. Clogged filters require your HVAC system to work harder to circulate air, which increases energy use and costs, and results in unnecessary wear and tear. Your air quality will also suffer, since a clean filter is meant to catch and remove contaminants from circulation. Replace it often with the highest quality filter you can afford to maintain optimal indoor air quality.
Insulate your ducts
Your ductwork may be prone to condensation, especially as warm air is forced through cold metal. If mold is a recurring problem in your home, it may be worth considering adding an extra layer of insulation to your ducts.
Use a mold inhibitor
Mold inhibitors can be applied to inhibit mold and mildew growth, preventing it from damaging your HVAC system or diminishing your indoor air quality. ULV foggers and natural sanitizers can also destroy bacteria and viruses in addition to mold. Ask your HVAC service provider about applying these treatments safely and effectively.
It may sound obvious, but homeowners often overlook sources of water in their HVAC system, which can allow mold to spread unchecked. Be sure to have your ducts professionally cleaned and inspected to identify any areas that are damaged or leaking, then have these replaced and sealed as soon as possible.
Maintain drain pans
Water that sits stagnant is a big risk for mold, so be sure to slope drain pans and empty them regularly, cleaning them thoroughly each time you do.
Install a UV air purifier
If you’re following all this advice and you’re still worried that mold spores are present in your air, using an UV air purifier can destroy the spores so that they’re unable to reproduce or accumulate in your HVAC system or indoor air.
Concerned about mold? It’s a good idea to schedule preventive maintenance, like regular professional duct cleaning and HVAC inspections. Whyte Ridge’s reliable technicians can help ensure that your system is running smoothly, avoiding issues that could put your HVAC system or your family’s health at risk. Contact us today, and together we’ll keep your indoor air quality free of mold and other contaminants.