Controlling Mold in Your Commercial Property With Your HVAC System

Mold growth is an all-too-familiar problem for commercial property managers. When overlooked, it can cause discomfort and irritation for the building’s occupants while also compromising indoor air quality. To better control mold in your property–and prevent its development–you’ll need to take a closer look at your HVAC system. A trusted provider of quality central air conditioning, All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning, shares the essentials you need to know here.

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Why You Should Keep Tabs on Your Commercial HVAC System

The fact is, mold doesn’t just appear out of nowhere–it generally forms under specific conditions. Mold requires water, a food source and the right temperature range. The food source is negligible–your commercial property is chock-full of them, ranging from drywall and carpeting to paper, wood and furnishings. The water comes from the excess moisture caused by relative temperatures that encourage mold development–and these are elements where the HVAC system is involved.

Your HVAC system can have a significant effect on the indoor moisture level of your commercial property. If the system isn’t well-designed or has performance issues, not only will it generate moisture that promotes mold growth, it will also give mold spores a handy mode of transportation throughout the building via the ducts. For this reason, make sure to pay attention to your heating and air conditioning system and take measures that allow it to effectively control mold development. These may include:

  • Checking the coils and drain pans. The coils dehumidify the air and cause condensate water to drip into the drain pan. When water doesn’t drain properly via the deep seal trap in the pan, however, it builds up and encourages mold to grow. Make sure the drain pan is properly cleaned and sloped to prevent this.

  • Using ventilation and dehumidification equipment. This helps get rid of excess indoor moisture in your commercial property and eliminate the potential for mold growth. All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning offers a wide range of ventilators and dehumidifiers from top manufacturer Bryant® to meet your needs.

  • Investing in regular HVAC inspections and tune-ups. Some components of your HVAC system can become wet or develop issues that lead to mold growth. These include outdoor air dampers, ducts and air filters. You’ll be able to catch these problems early on–and deal with them as necessary–by turning to All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning for regular inspections and tune-ups.