The Dangers of Mold and Mildew in Your Heating or AC System

Mold is present in nearly everything. That’s not necessarily a bad thing when you’re outdoors, because mold actually serves a vital role in breaking down decaying matter. Its persistent presence also means it’s in your home. In small amounts, mold is nothing to fret about, and poses no great risk to most people. However, substantial mold growth in your home is something that should be addressed immediately. Larger quantities of mold can cause serious health problems, especially if someone in your home is already susceptible to respiratory issues.

The Symptoms

The symptoms of mold exposure are so common that many often fail to link them to this cause. Instead, people tend to mistake their symptoms as seasonal allergies or a common cold. These seemingly innocuous symptoms include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Irritation of the eyes, skin, and throat
  • Headaches

If you suspect mold is the culprit of your symptoms, or of someone else living in your home, follow your nose. Mold has a distinct scent, often musty and earthy. More often than not, you’ll smell it before you see it. If you’re not entirely sure if mold is the problem, buy a mold test kit to determine if mold is present in your home.

Understanding the Dangers

Typically, mold isn’t a serious danger to healthy individuals, as it usually results in nothing more than mostly symptoms. However, for individuals with compromised immune systems or chronic respiratory illnesses, it is not a minor problem. Although more evidence is necessary to support the link, some evidence already suggests that mold exposure in childhood can increase a person’s risk of developing asthma, especially when a predisposition exists.

The Key to Prevention

Mold is not a problem you should leave unaddressed, whether or not you have a health condition. Even if you can only smell it, but not see it, it might be growing within your walls or ductwork. This is a job that needs to be taken on by a professional who can properly inspect the problem and propose the best options for fixing it.

HVAC systems can also grow mold, especially if the system is malfunctioning or simply overdue for maintenance. Whenever there’s moisture in an area where it shouldn’t be, there’s a good chance mold will form. If your HVAC system is not the source of your mold problem, it can still be part of the solution, especially for your home’s bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans. The fans in these areas can effectively remove humid air if they are running properly.

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