There’s a fungus among us—and it could be setting up shop in your HVAC system and damaging your body. In this blog, the Sarasota HVAC experts will give you an overview of the “growing” problem that is mold, and how it can affect your HVAC system, your indoor air quality, and your health.
What is mold?
Mold is a multicellular fungus that grows in thread-like hyphal structures—or in simpler, real-life terms, a microorganism that deteriorates natural materials and thrives in dark and damp places.
All molds release “spores” into the air—tiny bits of mold that can cause allergic reactions when inhaled. These spores can circulate through your home’s air, and in some cases, make a home in your HVAC system.
The Effects of Mold Exposure
Exposure to even trace amounts of mold can be detrimental to your health. Symptoms of mold exposure include:
- Runny Nose
- Watery Eyes
- Postnasal Drip
- Itchy Eyes, Nose, and Throat
- Chest Tightness
- Breathing Issues
Just like food or plant-related allergies, mold allergies are caused by an immune system defense response. When your body inhales tiny bits of mold, your body classifies the mold as an unknown invader, which produces immune antibodies and triggers an immune system reaction that makes you cough, sneeze, and experience a number of other allergy symptoms.
Not all types of mold cause allergies—it depends on your immune system. The most common allergy-causing molds are alternaria, aspergillus, cladosporium, and penicillium—all of which can grow in moist areas of your home.
Mold In Your HVAC System
It’s true—mold can definitely grow in your HVAC unit and air ducts, mainly because they create a perfect environment for mold development: cool, dark, and damp. Mold shouldn’t be an issue for your HVAC system, especially if your HVAC system is routinely serviced—but if you can’t remember the last time an HVAC professional cleaned and tuned up your system, there’s a chance mold could be growing in your home.
Keeping Mold at Bay
There are a number of ways to detect mold, and in turn, remove it from your home. First, search your home for mold growth. Many types of mold are black, green, or brown in color, and can grow in dark, moist areas like inside of bathroom closets and vanities, behind refrigerators, underneath bathmats, and inside unfinished basements. Mold is also very common in bathrooms without windows or proper ventilation.
If you scour your house for mold, but there’s no mold to be found, there’s a chance you have mold that’s not visible to the eye. In times like these, it’s best to perform a very thorough cleaning of your home, and have your HVAC system serviced as soon as possible.
Call for HVAC service today!
Whether you have a moldy HVAC system or not, warm weather and moist conditions are right around the corner. Baker & Sons are your Sarasota HVAC experts, ensuring that your HVAC system is clean, efficient, and mold-free all year long. Schedule a service with us today!