If you’ve noticed a musty, damp smell in your house, it may not be from your teenager’s gym socks (although it could be!). It may be a sign that there is mold and mildew growth inside your HVAC system. If you suspect your HVAC is the culprit, there are a number of things you can do to prevent moisture from building up and mold and mildew from growing in the first place.
Maintain Your Drain Pans
Make sure your HVAC drain pans are sloped and cleaned regularly, otherwise water will accumulate in the drain pans. Bacteria and microbes thrive in standing water, and mold can grow and back up into your system.
Replace Your Air Filters
Change your air filters regularly, according to the manufacture’s recommendations, as dirty or wet air filters won’t be able to efficiently capture mold spores. Consider getting an air filter with a MERV 8 rating or higher for greater performance in preventing mold spores from entering your home.
Schedule Routine HVAC Maintenance
Schedule regular maintenance appointments with qualified HVAC technicians who can ensure your system is running properly and take care of any issues. During a maintenance appointment, an HVAC technician will be able to flush out your condensate drain line to prevent clogs and get rid of debris that could lead to back-ups and mold growth.
Invest in Duct Cleaning
It’s possible that over the years, the ductwork in your home has become dirty with dust, dander, pet hair and other pollutants. That can be a breeding ground for mold – especially in a damp environment – and reduce the air quality inside your home. Consider having your ductwork checked to see if it needs to be cleaned.
Install an Air Purifier
At Professional AC & Heating, we offer a range of air purifiers, including the latest innovation – the Air Scrubber by Aerus. This whole home system installs directly into residential or commercial HVAC systems to remove surface and airborne contaminants including VOCs, odors, dust, pet dander, and other allergens. The system uses ActivePure® Technology and has been tested in independent labs and proven effective on bacteria, viruses (including COVID-19), mold and fungi on surfaces and in the air.
Contact Advent Air
Professional AC & Heating is committed to the quality of the air you and your family breathe every single day. If you’re concerned that there’s mold or mildew in your HVAC system, we can help. Contact us to set up an appointment today.