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what causes mold in air ducts

Mold is the silent enemy of countless homes and businesses. It can increase allergic reactions, damage foundations, and turn a pristine property into a health hazard. Mold prevention should be on the top of any home or business owner’s list. One place to keep an eye on for mold is the air ducts. What causes mold in air ducts? How can mold be prevented, and can you get rid of the mold once it is present? Read on to learn more from the experts at Induct Clean.

What causes mold in air ducts?

Air ducts circulate both warm and cool air throughout your property all year long. This means that any mold spores in your air ducts are also being circulated throughout your home. Mold thrives in moisture-rich environments, and air ducts are a prime location for condensation and moisture to accumulate due to the alternating changes in air temperature within the ducts themselves.

Signs that there may be mold in your air ducts:

  • Irritated eyes, nose, or throat that may become worse when the air conditioning is on
  • Nausea, dizziness, or fatigue that is worse when at home
  • A headache that happens while in the home but disappears when you leave
  • A foul smell coming from your vents

Any of these signs should not be ignored – they can point to the presence of mold in your air ducts.

Preventing Mold in Air Ducts

Now that we have covered what causes mold in air ducts, let’s talk about how to prevent it. There are many steps you can take to prevent the occurrence of mold, such as:

  • Installing a HEPA filter in your ducts
  • Invest in annual professional maintenance to keep ducts clean and dry
  • Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter to lower the amount of dust in the home
  • Investing in a dehumidifier if you live in a naturally humid climate

All of these steps will reduce the buildup of debris and humidity in your air ducts, which should make it harder for mold to grow.

Induct Clean Will Keep Your Home Clean and Safe

It is important to have a professional clean your ducts annually to prevent air pollution. Indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. The experts at Induct Clean are ready to help you keep your air ducts clean and free of mold.

Our truck-mounted industrial vacuum will eliminate threats present in your duct system. We will also work diligently to return all vent covers once they are cleaned and leave no trace that we were there. Call us today to schedule your maintenance!

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