• Joseph Harris

Why Your Air Conditioner Could Be Affecting Your Health

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An efficient HVAC system is a vital part of a comfortable home. You know that your HVAC system is working when indoor air is regulated, providing heating and cooling comfort year-round.

Dangers of a poorly maintained HVAC system

In cases where an HVAC system is poorly maintained, it could cause damage to your home, your property, and even negatively impact your health. An HVAC system that is not regularly cleaned and checked could yield an overgrowth of mold and mildew, two substances that could have harmful consequences to you and your family.

You may be well-equipped to deal with mold and mildew in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. Still, your HVAC system needs the trained eye of a service professional to identify potential areas of growth and eliminate them safely. Every time you turn on your system, millions of microscopic spores circulate throughout your home. You and your loved ones breathe them in with every breath, and overgrowth of this type of organism can have dangerous–and perhaps downright deadly–consequences if you do not take steps to remove them from your HVAC system.

How do mold and mildew develop?

Condensation in your air ducts provides moisture and an ideal environment where mold and mildew can grow. Your system's heating and cooling action sustain moisture levels that result in mold and mildew growth. As these substances line your ductwork during growth, they get forced through your system and into your home each time your system is turned on and air is circulated through it. Nearly every system has this capability, and it is almost impossible to prevent it entirely.

Signs that mold and mildew are present in your system

A few key signs that mold and mildew are present include:

  • A strong or musty smell in your home

  • Visible dark stains around intake valves or vents

  • Leaks and puddles present around your HVAC system

  • Coughing, congestion, sneezing, and itchy eyes experienced by family members in your home

If mold and mildew levels continue to increase, you or your loved ones could experience mild to severe health consequences, including:

  • Wheezing

  • Congestion

  • Headaches, fatigue

  • Asthma attacks

  • Bronchitis

  • Pneumonia

  • Auto-immune conditions

Over time, these issues can lead to chronic health conditions that can permanently impact your health. Take these steps to reduce or eliminate mold and mildew growth buildup in your HVAC system.

  1. Upgrade your filters. A good filter is your main line of defense against mold and mildew buildup. Choose high-quality HEPA filters that boast a 90 percent or better allergen blocker rating. Change these filters frequently to avoid saturation and buildup, which can back up into your ductwork.

  2. Perform regular maintenance. Perform a bi-annual service call with a qualified technician. They can address cleanliness concerns and provide advice on how to best maintain your system for its efficiency and your health.

  3. Get ductwork professionally cleaned. Stay ahead of your game by getting your ductwork thoroughly checked and cleaned at least once every three years. This type of cleaning will remove dirt, dust, debris, and allergens that could be compromising your health and that of your loved ones. Investing every couple of years is a small price to pay for better respiratory health.

Trust your indoor air to Tropic-Air

At Tropic-Air Conditioning, we know how important your indoor air is to you and your family. We will provide you with a clean, cool environment and peace of mind that you are doing the very best for your home and your family. Qualified technicians and professional staff ensure that your HVAC system needs are addressed. Schedule an appointment for routine maintenance or ductwork cleaning today. Visit https://www.tropicairfl.com/ for more information.