Where They Lurk
vents of any HVAC system are prone to collect a variety of air contaminants. Since the average
homeowner isn't able to inspect their own ventilation, dust, pollen,
and mold buildup can go unnoticed for years on end. What's more, HVAC
technicians may not inspect an entire ventilation network if there are
no visible contaminants around the output and return vents of the system.
Unfortunately, this means that pathogens could be lurking in the depths
of your ventilation, and since only the return (air intake) vent on your
system has a filter, they can enter your family's air supply uninhibited.
Dust and pollen are the most common contaminates to build up on the interior
of ventilation systems. And although they aren't toxic, they can still
exacerbate allergies and cause respiratory irritation. Thankfully, dust
and pollen are easy to remove, and they can be controlled through a simple
Fungal growth, on the other hand, poses a much greater risk. Even small
amounts of moisture and humidity within your ventilation can
foster toxic mold growth, and long-term exposure can lead to chronic illness, especially
in children and the elderly.
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Symptoms of mold exposure include eye irritation, wheezing, sneezing, and
headaches. If you suspect your home to be contaminated with mold, either
in its ventilation or otherwise,
contact a professional as soon as possible to inspect the problem.
Prevention and Removal
Unfortunately, when it comes to cleaning out ventilation contaminants,
your average Swiffer or feather duster won't do the job. It's
best to have a professional Arlington HVAC technician or contractor check
your ventilation system once every year to look for excessive dust buildup
or mold growth.
The most important measure you can take to prevent mold on your own is
to monitor your home's humidity level; it should sit between 40% and
60%. If the humidity in your home regularly exceeds 60%, purchase a dehumidifier
and set it to run daily.
If your Arlington HVAC technician finds mold in your vents, contact a contractor
once the vents are clean to find and eliminate any sources of moisture
before more mold begins to grow.
Don't let pathogens build up in your vents. With some thoughtful maintenance
and help from your HVAC technician in Arlington, you can
raise the quality of the air your family breathes and keep your vents as clean as they day there were made.