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What to do About Spores and Mildew in Your HVAC System
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Monday, July 31, 2017

 Unfortunately, mildew and spores are a frequent problem with HVAC systems that can cause both health problems and issues with your system.  Here in our beautiful Ohio Valley this is particularly true due to the high humidity and rainfall that we get in summer and HVAC systems are the perfect breeding ground for mildew and spores which are often not detected until someone in your household becomes ill.  Typically, this manifests in a cold that you can’t get rid of or asthma-like symptoms. It is extremely important to deal with the problem as soon as you discover it but how do you spot the problem?

 

Aside from the signs of illness you can often detect the presence of spores and mildew by a musty smell which will never be present in a clear system will never have this smell. Once you detect it you must find the source but this may not be simple as it can be anywhere in the system like the heat pump coils, on the air filter or somewhere in the duct work. A qualified HVAC technician will be able to track down the source of the problem and eliminate it.

 

Regularly checking your air filters – a good habit to get into – allows you to look for spores and mildew.  See if the filters give off a musty smell.  If you find actual spores you may have a larger issue and you will need to fix this problem right away by contacting a certified technician.  They can do a thorough inspection of the system, examining ductwork and checking for mold as well as looking for areas where moisture has gathered, identifying any parts that are suffering from condensation and see if the airflow has become restricted due to some sort of blockage, all of which could be the cause of the mildew problem.

 

Regular maintenance can go a long way in both preventing the growth of spores and mildew in your HVAC system and in early identification of the problem so that necessary action can be taken.  If you suspect any problem with your system, contact Crane Heating and Air at 513-641-4700 or contact us online at info@craneheatingandair.com





 

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