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Is There Mold Hiding in Your Air Conditioner?

close up of mold growthWhen you live in the Boynton Beach area, you know that your home is prone to many issues unique to this environment. Namely, we’re talking about mold growth. There are steps you can take to prevent this problem in your home. Or, maybe you’ve never had a mold problem in your house. But, are you sure?

Unfortunately, there’s one area of your home that is not visually accessible, where mold could very well be hiding. We’re talking about your ductwork. Once it’s there, you’ll need a professional to come in for mold remediation if you want to protect your indoor air quality and your health. Fortunately for you, our team specializes in this type of air conditioning service in Boynton Beach, FL. But what if you could prevent this mold growth to begin with?

Consider the Installation of UV Germicidal Lights

Also referred to as a UV air purifier or simply UV lights, the ultraviolet radiation emitted by this system destroys mold and mold spores, as well as other organic pollutants, before they’re even able to develop. Mold is a major problem for air conditioners, period, but even more so in our area. Moisture develops along the evaporator coil, where water vapor is drawn out of the air. Sometimes, there’s too much water left on the coils, which creates the environment that allows mold to grow.

Mold growth within your AC system can send out toxic mold spores along with the cooled air, which is a major source of respiratory problems for even the healthiest of individuals. Even if toxic spores haven’t escaped yet, mold creates a terrible musty smell—known as dirty sock syndrome—and affects air conditioner. Lastly, mold actually damages the evaporator coil, making it harder for this component to pull heat from the air. This will cause your cooling system to lose energy efficiency as well as cooling power.

UV germicidal lights will help lower the frequency of illnesses in your home and protect your air conditioner. Additionally, it’s not the only preventive step you can take!

Do You Have a Whole House Dehumidifier?

If not, you are definitely missing out on some major benefits, to both your comfort and your wallet. As far as mold goes, a whole house dehumidifier prevents the growth of organic pollutants simply by helping to maintain a lower humidity level. The relative humidity level in your home should be between 30% (yes, your humidity can be too low, causing a host of other problems) to 50%. Anything above 50% encourages mold growth and other issues.

By discouraging this mold growth, a dehumidifier can keep your whole household healthier, and leave your air feeling fresher and cleaner. As an additional benefit, whole-home dehumidifiers help your air conditioner! Your AC system does have some dehumidifying properties, but not enough. With a whole house dehumidifier running, your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to do its job, allowing you to turn the temperature up a few degrees, and therefore allowing your energy usage and bills to decrease.

At Envirotech Air Quality Services, we are one of the very few HVAC companies in south Florida who are also licensed mold assessors, mold remediators, and duct cleaners. Contact us today!

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