Finding mold in your home can be downright devastating. Often, the problem occurs beneath flooring, in walls, or within installed systems, which means a great deal of expense and headache to have it removed. Fortunately, with the right HVAC system in place, though, you can prevent mold growth in such spaces. There are, however, a few things you must do to maximize the HVAC systems ability to control the environment in your home.
- Prevent Clutter Even the best thermostats and humidity sensors will not help you if you have clutter piled atop, in front of, or beneath your ducts and grilles. Even if the clutter is not disturbing to the eye, it could be preventing proper air flow, and that means that the temperature and humidity levels in the home are not being properly addressed.
- Shut Windows While Running A/C This might seem obvious to some, but it is not entirely uncommon for homeowners to leave doors and windows open when the air conditioning is running. The trouble is that it can allow the humid outdoor air into the home, where the temperature is much cooler (thanks to the AC). This leads to condensation and mold loves moisture.
- Call in the Professionals If it has been a long time since your HVAC system was inspected or installed, then now is a great time to call in the technicians. First of all, there are certain sensors and controls that can be installed and inexpensive system add-ons. These can help gauge the humidity and temperature in your home to ensure that the system is running at full efficiency, and properly guarding against mold growth. Furthermore, the system should be checked to ensure it is the right size for your home. An improperly sized HVAC unit will struggle to control the indoor environment, which can lead to a warm, moist atmosphere that mold will thrive in.
- Have The Tech Check Humidity While the professionals are inspecting your HVAC system, ask them to check the humidity of your home. A relatively humidity of 55% or greater is problematic and can mean mold problems in your future.
It may be necessary to upgrade your HVAC system or to purchase a dehumidifier to ensure mold doesn’t take control of your space. SRP has the sensors, controls, and thermostats needed to create an environment comfortable for you, not for mold.