Mold can be a problem in any interior space, but if you own a business you are responsible for making your work environment safe for employees. This means you need to think about mold in your HVAC system and in the air you and your workers breathe. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to prevent and stop mold growth in your business HVAC before it becomes a serious issue.
Control Moisture to Stop Mold Growth
Mold thrives in warm, moist environments. You can stop mold if you keep moisture at bay. Inspect your building for any leaks or cracks letting water in from the outside. Use sealants, insulation, or caulking in any area that is not sealed against moisture. You can also use your HVAC to control moisture in the building by making sure it has a good dehumidifier taking water out of the air. Of course, it is important to find a balance, as completely dry air is not comfortable.
Get Your HVAC Professionally Installed and Maintained
Moisture can get in, and mold growth can become a problem, if your HVAC system isn’t installed correctly or maintained and checked regularly. Make sure you work only with professionals, like our HVAC experts, to do the job right. By installing it correctly the first time you can avoid future problems. Keeping up maintenance is also important because our professionals can detect any mold growth early, so you can be sure the problem is corrected before it becomes a health problem.
Check the Ducts
Mold may grow anywhere in your HVAC system, but the ducts are responsible for moving air through your building. If there is any mold growth in the ducts, your indoor air could be full of mold. Make sure you check the ducts regularly or have a professional inspect them for you.
If you or your HVAC specialist finds mold in the system, rely on a professional to do the cleaning. Mold remediation requires special training. This is not a job you can do yourself. Once the remediation is complete, make sure you address the issues, such as any leaks or excess moisture that led to the mold growth. Take steps to correct these issues and avoid having mold growth in the future.
Controlling and preventing mold growth can sometimes feel like an upward battle. If you take the right preventative steps, though, you can avoid mold growth in your business HVAC system, and if it’s too late, acting quickly and with professionals can mean that you eliminate the problem and prevent it from coming back again later.
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