How to prevent mold growth in your HVAC system

When humidity is high, your HVAC or air conditioning system can be affected by mold growth. Here’s what to do, from HVAC specialists at our plumbing supply company in New Jersey.

Mold growth is common in HVAC and AC units because moisture can build up inside the system, creating an ideal environment for molds. The circulation of air throughout the home also makes it easier for mold spores to travel into the system as well as spread to other warm, moist rooms in the home, including laundry rooms, basements, bathrooms and kitchens. These molds create a musty, unhealthy environment in the home that can result in breathing problems, allergy issues and an unpleasant, musty smell. Some molds are even highly toxic. This makes it essential that your HVAC system is kept clear and clean throughout the year.

Four steps to take that will keep your HVAC system mold-free 

  • Replace the filters: Filters should be replaced regularly to keep your system operating effectively, and wet, dirty filters are often a great environment for mold. While once a year is fine, you should check the filter and clean it monthly, especially in high humidity months.
  • Use a mold inhibitor: There are products made specifically for HVAC units that will help prevent mold growth. Make sure that the inhibitor you are applying is labeled for use by the EPA in HVAC systems, and apply as directed.
  • Use a disinfectant: This will work to kill off any mold inside the HVAC system to prepare it for the mold inhibitor, which will stop future mold growth from occurring. It will also thoroughly clean the system and ensure that it is hygienic. As with the mold inhibitor, you need to choose one labeled for use by the EPA in HVAC systems, and apply as directed.
  • Prevent moisture build-up: Moisture is key to mold growth, so ensuring that it is minimized will help prevent growth. When cleaning your HVAC unit, use an industrial wet vacuum to remove any standing water and dry out the system.

Need to replace your air conditioner and HVAC parts? 

At Crosstown Plumbing Supply, we can either assist you with choosing a high-efficiency, low maintenance replacement air conditioner or HVAC system (including central heating and air and ductless air conditioning systems) or provide you with an extensive range of plumbing supplies to replace necessary parts in your current systems. As we are a plumbing wholesaler located in a 3.5% NJ sales tax zone, we can make your repairs and services the most affordable in town. Our sales consultants are highly experienced and happy to assist you with finding the right part for your needs and we work closely with reliable, affordable air conditioning and HVAC professionals you prefer not to go the DIY route.

For more information about the plumbing supplies we have on offer, please visit our website today at http://crosstownplumbing.com/