Owning a home is about more than paying the bills. It’s a place to raise your family, a setting to make memories and an investment for your future. When you invest in a house, you want to keep it in its best condition — both to improve your quality of life and to protect your investment — and sometimes that means being prepared for any home issue.

From regular repairs and maintenance to more unexpected jobs, you’re on top of your home’s needs — but mold in your HVAC system might be something you haven’t thought of. From how mold makes it to your duct system to how to remove it, here’s everything you need to know about keeping your ducts mold-free.

Mold in Ducts

When water or moisture makes its way into your heating, ventilation and air conditioning ducts, mold can develop inside of them. Your air ducts are a ventilation network that filters air in and out of every area of your house, so moldy ducts can damage air quality and be bad for your family’s health.

You want to make sure your HVAC system is clean, but how do you know if you might have a mold problem? Signs of mold in ducts include:

  • A musty or mildewy smell throughout the house or in specific rooms
  • Eye, nose and throat irritation in air-conditioned or heated rooms
  • You or your family experiencing allergy symptoms only indoors
  • Mold growing around air ducts or vents

Why Does Mold Appear in Ducts?

While ducts, in general, can be susceptible to mold growth because of their exposure to warm air, HVAC systems are even more likely to develop mold growth in humid or moist environments.

When cold air passes through the vents, water vapor can form in the ducts. When the environment outside is also high in water vapor — during a warm or rainy season — the water vapor in the ducts will collect in droplets rather than vaporizing. This moist duct environment, combined with other dust and human particles that accumulate in the vents, can lead to mold growth over time.

How to Remove Mold From Air Ducts

No one wants mold colonies growing inside their HVAC systems and polluting their air supply, so you should look into ways to rid your ducts of mold growth as quickly as possible. Many times you will see the mold forming on your grill covers, however, you may smell a musty odor or have constant allergy symptoms.  If so, you will need a professional to confirm the presence of mold. Consider a duct cleaning company that is also mold certified.  When it comes to efficiently and permanently eliminating mold from your HVAC system, hiring a professional duct cleaning company that is also mold remediation certified is the most reliable way to get the job done.  

Fix the Problem With Haven Property Solutions

Having an issue with mold in your NYS home’s HVAC system? Haven Property Solutions is here to help. As a full-service, licensed remediation company specializing in air duct cleaning as well as mold, lead and asbestos removal, we’re the perfect professionals to restore your air ducts. Call or contact us today to learn more about our affordable, efficient, environmentally friendly remediation services in the Hudson Valley area.