Reduce Mold Potential When You Reduce HumidityPublished on: April 25, 2012
Your air conditioning unit works hard to remove excess humidity from your home. Keeping the system running efficiently starts long before you need air conditioning repair or service. If the system cannot remove excess humidity, mold can grow inside the home. This can destroy walls, furnishings, and become a health hazard to the occupants.
Regular maintenance of your air conditioning system is the best way to ensure excess moisture is removed. An air conditioning repair or service company can perform regular maintenance each spring and fall season. Every system and component will be checked, serviced and repaired as necessary.
Reducing the humidity in your home includes servicing the ducts in your air conditioning system. Leaks in the duct wall allow moist air to escape into the attic. The moisture is absorbed by the insulation, rafters, drywall and roof decking. Wet insulation becomes useless, wet drywall will crumble and roof decking will delaminate, causing it to fail. The moist wood will begin to mold and rot. Having an air conditioning repair or service company repair the problem can potentially save you thousands in repair bills.
Purchasing an air conditioning system that allows the owner to select the amount of humidity desired helps to reduce mold. It also helps to avoid or alleviate respiratory problems. A local air conditioning repair or service company can help you select the right unit for your home and area.
There are other ways to help reduce the mold potential in your home. Turn on the overhead stove vent when cooking to reduce moisture released into the air. Use the bathroom vent when taking a bath or shower. Reduce the number of houseplants in a humid climate. These will reduce the moisture the HVAC system has to remove, resulting in lower energy bills.