Mold and mildew are two growths that you really want to try to avoid in your home here in Atlanta. Some forms of mold are incredibly toxic, and mildew can make many people sick, too. Plus, mold and mildew can aggravate asthma and make some people more prone to infections. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at what causes mold and mildew growth in your air system and what to do about it.

What Are Mold and Mildew?

Mold and mildew are small microorganisms called fungi. They produce spores in order to propagate, and those spores can sometimes be harmful to humans and pets. Mold is usually darker in color and digests organic materials like paper and drywall. Mildew is usually lighter in color and prefers highly moist surfaces like your shower or the inside of a nice moist air conditioning unit.

Read more about mold & mildew here: What is the difference between Mold and Mildew?

How Did Mold & Mildew Get There?

Even if your home doesn’t have an active mold or mildew problem, there are dormant spores in the air around you, waiting for the perfect environment to start growing and thriving. This important fact will come into play later on. Every home has the potential to develop a mold or mildew problem – it’s natural, biological decomposition at work. However, we don’t want these things developing and growing in our homes.

How Do We Get Mold & Mildew Out?

Option #1: Clean All of the Ductwork

If your air system is already growing mold or mildew, but it’s not that serious yet, your HVAC technician will probably recommend a thorough duct cleaning. They will also help you address the root cause of the original growth so that it won’t come back.

Option #2: Replace All of the Ductwork

Sometimes, the air vents will be too far gone. If the mold and mildew growths have compromised the integrity of your metal ducts, it’s better to just replace all of the ducting. Furthermore, your HVAC technician will also make changes and optimize your system to avoid this issue in the future.

Preventing Mold & Mildew Growth in Atlanta Air Systems

#1: Ensuring Proper Humidity Levels

Since mold and mildew love moisture, the best way to avoid their colonization in your duct system is to keep things dry up there. Normally functioning air conditioning units will naturally pull moisture out of the air. If you notice that the humidity in your home is oddly high during the summer, something is going on.

We also don’t recommend using heating system humidifiers – these can lead to creating the perfect environment for mold, mildew, and even microbes to thrive in pockets within your HVAC ducts.

#2: Eliminating Condensation Potential

Condensation is another huge issue when it comes to ductwork. This is one of the reasons why we recommend insulating your air ducts if they hang free in your basement. Drastic differences in temperature, combined with humid air, can singlehandedly cause mold and mildew issues in your system. 

Got Mold or Mildew Woes? Contact the Atlanta HVAC Experts!

Here at Quality Air Experts Atlanta, we know mold and mildew. Unfortunately, we’ve helped many customers eliminate these issues from their homes – and banish them for good. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help you identify and treat your mold and mildew issues at the source.