Mold is a pesky problem that our fellow Floridians understand well. Spores from mold spread easily and often. They can also grow almost anywhere including your air ducts, carpet, inside walls and around leaking pipes. Once you have mold in your home, it is incredibly difficult to get rid of it all. The ultimate way to deal with mold is by nipping any potential problems in the bud.
Use these three tips to prevent mold from growing inside your Brandon HVAC system as well as the rest of your home…
- Pin point problem areas.
It may be impossible to completely protect your home from mold, yet you still have the ability to build up your home’s resistance to it. This involves a thorough examination of your home. Be sure to check both indoors and outside for high-moisture areas. Note any parts of the house which are prone to flooding or where you see condensation. Ceiling stains should also be logged and later checked for potential water damage and mold.
Once you’ve identified the main problem areas, consider using simple strategies to correct the smaller issues. For example, you may decide to remove carpet from your Florida room because it tends to flood during hurricane season.
- Keep everything dry.
We’ll let you in on a little secret… mold needs moisture to survive and thrive. Keep your Brandon HVAC system and the rest of your home dry by monitoring your home after every heavy rainfall. Make a checklist to ensure no household item is missed during your water inspection. Upon spotting any wet areas, immediately wipe them dry.
Additionally, become aware of your bad habits, and work on developing better ones. A few examples of common bad habits include leaving wet clothing in the washing machine for days and laying wet towels directly on the floor.
- Utilize proper ventilation.
Speaking of bad habits, not using proper ventilation is another common one. Since many modern homes come built with ventilation, this bad habit is usually due to a lack of awareness about venting systems.Any appliance that generates moisture has a vent to rid itself of the excess dampness. Although vents can also help to remove odors, their main purpose is to remove moisture.
So, the next time you’re cooking dinner on the stove, use the stove vents. And after taking your shower, turn on the fan vents. With very little effort, you’ll be reducing moisture further preventing mold from growing in your home.
Are you worried that mold has made its way into your Brandon HVAC system? Set up an appointment with Hinton AC online or give us an immediate call at (813) 924-3836.