Mold appears as a result of a damp environment, so any place that’s subjected to excessive moisture is at risk. One of the most popular places for mold to form is around your air conditioner. Here are some tips to keeping mold away from your AC.
- Keep Moisture Away
Mold cannot grow without moisture. An air conditioner with humidity control will control the moisture level in the air, automatically discouraging the formation of mold. This goes double for the hot, humid months of mid-summer where you won’t only prevent mold around your AC, but in your home as well.
- Keep It Running
The most common mistake people make is that when leaving for the day, or even for a week, they shut down the air conditioner unit, letting the air heat and stagnate. Especially in the warmer months, moisture will build in the air without circulation, and temperatures will obviously rise in the absence of a cooling system. Warm, moist, air is a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. The best and most cost- effective way to keep costs down, and mold out, is to run your air conditioner on “Auto Mode”.
- Keep It Running…Well
Preventing mold from forming inside or outside of the air conditioner unit requires careful maintenance. The insides of your air conditioning unit may be the perfect place for mold to appear. It’s dark, warm, and—if not properly maintained—may have water present; increasing the chances of mold developing. Clean it regularly and remove any signs of water, or already formed mold, you can find.
- Keep Dust At Bay
Dust also helps mold form in and around your air conditioner, so getting rid of any dust is highly advisable. The most comfortable way of doing this is to use a vacuum cleaner to draw the dust from the air conditioner. It’s an easy job, but it is very important in mold prevention.