Mold is a dreaded contaminant for home and business alike. Just the hint of mold in your HVAC system probably makes you nervous. Clean up requires skilled professionals and it can cost a lot to make sure every last bit is gone. Instead of facing that situation, you can take preventative steps to keep mold out of your HVAC and out of the air you and your employees breathe.
Rely on Professional HVAC Installation and Maintenance
If an HVAC system is not installed well, if corners are cut, you could be facing a situation in which mold-growth is inevitable. Poor installation can mean leaks and misuse of insulation and sealants to keep moisture out of the system. The equipment that gets installed can also be a source of mold, so be sure a professional is taking care of your installation and inspects every piece before it goes in.
Keep an Eye on Ducts
No matter where the mold may be growing within your HVAC system, it is the ducts that spread it around and make your workplace dangerous for you and your workers. It’s important to check the ducts and vents regularly to be sure there is no mold growth. You want to catch it early if it happens.
Mold Loves Moisture, So Keep it Dry
Keeping your HVAC system and surrounding environment dry is so important in keeping mold at bay. It thrives in warm, wet places. Have someone inspect your building for cracks and gaps in sealants or insulation. These are places where outdoors moisture could be getting into the system. If you do have excess moisture, consider using a dehumidifier to pull that water out of the air.
Rely on Professional Remediation Sooner Rather than Later
If it happens, if you find mold somewhere in your workplace HVAC system, don’t ignore it. You will need to have it professionally remediated and the sooner you do it the better. A small mess is easier and cheaper to clean up than a big one, so meet it head on, take care of it, and then be sure you eliminate any problems, like leaks, that led to the mold growth in the first place.
Mold can be a serious problem, which is why it’s better to head it off with prevention rather than cleaning it up after it has gotten out of control. You can take some very simple steps to prevent mold growth in your workplace HVAC, but if it does show up, be sure to get it removed as soon as possible. If you don’t feel comfortable taking some of these steps by yourself, contact our experts at Canoga Park Heating and Air Conditioning to get you started.