Mold is one of the most common household problems. It affects homes across geographical locations and has no regard for socioeconomic status. The heat of the summertime has people all over thankful for the air conditioner and air vents in their homes. So, take a moment of that appreciation and check out your air vents for mold. Not only will this keep your home operating at maximum efficiency, it will keep you and your family healthier as well.
How Can Mold Grow In My Air Vents?
Mold loves to live in places that are moist. Unfortunately, your air vents can be in the summertime. When cool air inside of them is circulated around your home and the warm air outside, condensation can build up on the vents and inside the ducts. This is the same as when you see moisture on the sides of an icy drink. When this moisture accumulates in your air vents, mold can thrive.
How To Tell If There Is Mold In My Air Ducts?
The easiest way to tell if there is mold in your air ducts and air vents is to look. Most often, if there is mold growing, you’ll be able to see visible spores on or around the vent. They can grow on the metal of the vent itself, or in the roof, floor, or wall that it sits on. To be sure, you should pull the vent cover off and check underneath it as well to ensure that mold isn’t growing in this dark space. If you see mold, you should get a flashlight and look further into the vent to see if the colony has expanded further into your ducts.
Another way to tell if there is mold growing in your air ducts is to smell. If there is a large amount of mold growing, you should be able to detect a musty odor coming from the vent. Since mold is airborne, if a colony is growing, it will be spread through the air.
Is Mold In My Vents A Health Hazard?
Absolutely. Mold anywhere in your home can be a health hazard. However, mold in your air ducts is particularly dangerous. The mold spores being blown around in the air can easily enter your respiratory system. Breathing in mold on a regular basis can leave you with coughing, sneezing, sore throats, itchy eyes, and a runny nose. If black mold is growing, you can experience more dangerous, even deadly health problems.
How To Clean Mold In My Air Ducts?
Since air ducts go back so far, it is very difficult to clean mold from them. You can use a solution of bleach and water to wipe clean any visible mold from the air vent area. However, you’ll likely need to consult a mold removal specialist if the colony extends into your ducts. The best option is prevention.
How To Prevent Mold In My Air Vents?
The best way to prevent mold in your air ducts or vents is to keep moisture from building up. Investing in a dehumidifier is a good way to do this. It will pull moisture from the air and keep it from condensing in your vents and ducts. In addition, annual maintenance of your duct system and a professional inspection and cleaning can help prevent mold from growing.