How to Stop Mold Growth in Your Business HVAC System
Mold is a class of fungi that can be found in both indoor and outdoor environments. While we can’t get away from mold entirely, it’s important to limit our exposure. Some individuals, particularly seniors, young children and those who are immunocompromised, are at an increased risk for adverse effects from mold exposure.
As a business, you must look out for the welfare of yourself, your employees, your customers and your property. The last thing you want is mold leading to property damage and liability exposures.
In this post, we’ll discuss how to stop mold growth in your business HVAC system. But first, let’s talk about why mold loves your HVAC equipment.
Why Mold Loves Air Conditioning and Heating Units
Mold thrives in warm, moist conditions, and your heating and cooling system creates this type of environment. It’s warm, damp and humid, and it allows fungi spores to reproduce quickly and distribute through the air. The spores can stick to clothes, shoes, pets and more. Fungal growth can be further compounded by heavy rain or flooding.
How Can I Prevent Mold in My HVAC System?
The number one way to stop mold growth in your HVAC system is to control water and moisture accumulation. Ideally, this should be discussed in your original building plans or repairs. This way, you can select the best materials and procedures.
When completing any type of construction, we recommend the following:
- Identify which systems will impact water and humidity control
- Select the proper air filters and climate control systems
- Utilize appropriately designed insulation, ventilation, drainage and humidity controls
- Inspect materials for water damage or mold growth
- Apply insulation, sealants and caulking to prevent moisture and condensation
- Consult with a mold remediation specialist to evaluate, clean and treat any areas damaged by mold
What If There’s Already Mold in My System?
If you do end up with mold in your business HVAC system, it’s crucial that you take the proper steps to kill the mold and repair the issue at hand. Otherwise, the mold can compromise the indoor air quality of your business and lead to property damage and long-term health problems.
Consult with an experienced, licensed HVAC company that understands the complexities of heating and cooling mold contamination. Once the problem is fixed, be sure to get your unit on the proper cleaning and maintenance schedule to reduce mold growth in the future.
Blue Mountain Air can help with your next construction project. We are also experts on indoor air quality, and we know all the tips and tricks to ensure the safety and purity of your air. Call us today to discuss your next project!