Mold exposure in the household, or workplace, can be hazardous helping to create a multitude of health problems, including respiratory distress. Though not living in air conditioners, the fungus strains coccidioides immitis and coccidioides posadasii, are the cause of the dreaded Valley Fever here in Arizona. But certain strains of mold that DO grow in and around air conditioners may release mycotoxins, which can cause bleeding in the lungs and pneumonia.
Mold can grow in any dark and damp spot, for this reason air conditioners are susceptible to mold growth. Mold spores can travel throughout an interior space via a central air conditioning system or window air conditioning unit. Mold spores in the air are easily inhaled, especially by young children and elderly people.
Visible mold, or a musty smell when running the air conditioner, are prime indicators of an issue with mold. Preventing mold from becoming a problem means being in tune with indicators of mold presence and then taking the necessary actions to get rid of the mold problem and preventing future growth. Some tips are:
- Keep equipment clean – Routinely remove dust and debris out of air conditioning ducts and equipment.
- Eliminate water sources – Have regular air conditioning service to remove any issues with moisture accumulation.
- Change the filter – Changing your air conditioning filter can prevent mold growth and reduce allergens like dust and dirt that circulate through the air.
- Clean up the mold – Homeowners may be able to clean up a minor mold problem, but larger issues are best left to a professional.
Air conditioning is an absolute necessity during the long Phoenix summer. Everybody must try and make sure mold doesn’t become a problem while their AC systems are in use. And remember regular air conditioning service from professional helps to prevent mold.
Your yearly air conditioning service and system clean from AC by Jay will do wonders to keep mold down. And remember, if we tune up your AC and it breaks down, we fix it for FREE. Call: 602-266-3678 or book online: https://www.acbyj.com.