Now that the temperatures are dropping, you're going to be using your heater more often. What you might not realize is that your heater could be exposing you to mold. You see, if the air inside your home is moist, you could be inviting mold to grow right inside your heating system. Unfortunately, mold can create an unhealthy environment for you to live in. If you're not sure you have a problem with mold inside your HVAC system, take a look at the issues described below. If they seem familiar, it's time to have your HVAC system inspected and serviced:
You're Getting Sick More Often
It's not uncommon to get sick during the cold and flu season. It is uncommon to be sick continually throughout the season or to be sick when no one else around you is feeling the same symptoms. If you're getting sick more often this flu season, and no one else is getting sick around you, talk to your doctor. If they give you a clean bill of health, or they can't find any other reason for your continued sickness, it's time to have your HVAC system checked for mold.
You Found Moisture in the Filter Compartment
Now that summer is over, it's time to replace your HVAC filter. One of the best ways to remember that simple procedure is to change it with the seasons. That will make it easy to change it once every three months. When you change your filter, take a minute to inspect the filter compartment. That's a good way to identify any problems with the ducts. If you find a thick accumulation of dirt, it's time to have your ducts cleaned. If you find moisture in the compartment, it's time for an inspection. That moisture is a good indication that you could have mold growing somewhere in your homes HVAC system.
You've Got Mold on the Vent Covers
If you've got mold growing in your HVAC system, there's a good chance that it's going to continue growing right through your ducts. If that's the case, you'll soon be seeing active mold growth on your vent covers. As soon as you see the tale-tell signs of the slimy green mold on your vent covers, you'll need to have your HVAC technician come out to the house.
You Smell Mold When the Heaters On
Finally, you might not be able to see the mold growing in your HVAC system right away, but you'll certainly be able to smell it. That's because your heater will warm up the mold, and send the scent right through your ducts into your home. At that point, the air you'll know that the air you're breathing is filled with lots of microscopic mold spores.
Don't let mold in your HVAC system make you sick this winter. Before the problem gets out of control, schedule a call with local heating repair services.