Does Mold Grow in Air Conditioners?

Mold can most certainly grow in air conditioning units, whether it’s a room air conditioner or a HVAC unit for central air. To understand how, it’s important to know something about mold and its growth habits.

Mold spores exist outdoors and inside structures. Under normal circumstances, they don’t cause much of a problem. However, the warm and humid conditions prevalent in South Florida changes the dynamic. All mold needs to grow is a warm, moist environment and an organic food source. That can include fabric and even dust, along wood and wallboard which are common building materials.

There are many different types of molds, but only about a dozen are likely to inhabit homes. Cleaning mold isn’t really a job for the average homeowner. It’s a messy job and without the proper precautions, efforts to eradicate it only end up spreading the spores to other locations. Surface cleaning removes the visible signs of mold, but it doesn’t reach the roots that embed themselves in materials.

There are multiple measures that individuals can take to combat the growth of mold. It’s important to regularly change filters to prevent contaminants from entering and ensuring homes have good ventilation. Air conditioning units that are well-maintained can also help prevent mold from growing in the home by keeping air temperatures between 68 and 74 degrees. Keep humidity levels between 30 and 60 percent.

Drain pans should be drained and cleaned regularly and air intakes should be clear of debris. There are also mold inhibitors that can be applied to HVAC units that are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, before applying a mold inhibitor, the unit will need to be disinfected.

The best solution if mold is suspected is to call a professional remediation company. Samples will be taken and identified in a lab to ascertain exactly what type of mold is present. An appropriate remediation method will be utilized and expert precautions taken to prevent mold from spreading to other locations.

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Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

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