It goes without saying that Australian summers can reach scorching temperatures. In these months, most buildings switch on air conditioners for 12 to 24 hours a day, depending on when they are occupied. It doesn’t matter if it’s at home or at work, keeping your air conditioner clean is imperative. With our recent rain deluge hitting the Gold Coast it’s even more important to understand how easy it can be to grow mould in your Air Conditioner in heat or rain conditions. You can use simple tips, like wiping the vents or changing filters regularly, and hire professionals to ensure that there’s no mould in your HVAC system. Failing to do so can results in the development of mould spots in the lungs and in your walls and many other health issues form unclean air.
Signs That There’s Mould in Your HVAC Unit
The last thing you want is to experience serious health problems because of something that can be avoided. Moisture is an inevitable by-product of air conditioner systems but taking care of your unit can deter mould from developing. Luckily, your air conditioning unit will tell you if there’s already mould forming. Here are the top signs:
- Stubborn, Black Residue on The Surface of Your AC
The most obvious symptom of mould is its physical appearance. It will show up as a black substance on surfaces that’s difficult to wipe off.
- A Spike in Allergic Reactions or Respiratory Issues
It’s easy to assume that there’s a flu bug doing the rounds if everybody starts coughing and sneezing at the same time. Or even Coronavirus this year! However, it may be time to take a look inside your HVAC system. Mould triggers respiratory issues like asthma as well as allergic reactions in some people. For more information about Mould Allergies refer to this article from the Mayo Clinic
- A Musty Odour Coming from The Unit When It’s Running
Another telltale sign is in the smell that your air conditioner emits when it’s on. If it’s an unpleasant musty-funky smell, there could be mould inside, and you will need to turn your attention to your air conditioner and clean it thoroughly. When cleaning your air conditioner, ensure you wear gloves and a face mask to protect you from mould spores.
- Prevention Is Always Better Than A Cure
It’s important to note that, while mould issues can be fixed, avoiding them with consistent maintenance works out better for you and everyone in your property. By taking care of your air conditioning unit before anything goes wrong, you may end up spending less money on medical costs and unit repairs or replacements. You get to enjoy clean air, which translates to a clean(er) bill of health. To prevent mould from occurring, you should clean your air conditioner regularly, clean the filters and are correctly fitted.
Got a mouldy air conditioner? Don’t worry, we’re happy to help! Contact our friendly team at Asset Aircon today at 07 5596 1033 or at [email protected]. We sell new air conditioners as well as service and repair your existing air conditioners from Upper Coomera to Varsity Lakes, and beyond. Anywhere on the Gold Coast, we can help.