Home & Garden

Keep air ducts mold-free for healthier air

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The cleaner the equipment that transports the air circulating in our homes, the cleaner the air we breathe.  People with allergies, asthma, and other respiratory health issues are especially vulnerable to air quality.

Keeping the air ducts mold-free helps fresh air circulate.  Molds are part of nature, but become problematic when they invade homes.  Tell-tale signs include black smudges on shower curtains and tile grout, plus other soiled places tainted with excess moisture.

Black mottled areas on your walls or ceiling may indicate an infestation of mold, which is a fungus.  The less toxic mildew is usually gray or white.  Both may produce a musty, rotting smell.  Visible mold on the air vents usually occurs when there’s moisture inside the ductwork.

“Mold is caused by stagnant moisture, which can get trapped in your air ducts and cause health problems,” explains Tom Eppers, co-owner, Dowe & Wagner, a heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning company serving residential and commercial customers in Illinois and Wisconsin.  “The best way to prevent mold is proper airflow throughout the house, especially for areas that can become damp such as bathrooms and basements.”

For treatment, Eppers advises contacting a mold remediation company to test and remove any mold.  To prevent a recurrence, Eppers urges looking for the source of the mold and eliminating it.  He says, “Some homes are so tightly sealed that airflow is restricted.  We use an infiltrometer to test the air exchanges in the home, and make any recommendations if more fresh air intakes are needed, or if some vents need to be sealed to maintain optimum airflow.”

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture.  Water can enter your home by leaking or seeping through basement floors.  Showers or even cooking can add excess moisture to the air.”

Dowe & Wagner : 11215 Commercial Street, Richmond, IL 60071 : 815.678.3000 : http://doweandwagner.com/

 

 

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