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Your First Defense Against Mold

HVAC systems play a bigger role in combating moisture than most homeowners would think, but improper maintenance can result in unhealthy mold growth. Silsbee, Texas, residents who want to defend their homes against mold and mildew can do so with proper HVAC maintenance, filter changes, and cleaning.

Identify the Problem

Mold in HVAC systems is a common complaint no matter where you live. Unfortunately, not addressing the problem can result in mold spores being circulated throughout a home’s air conditioning and heating system. When this circulation happens, you and your family may notice specific health problems such as wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, sore throats, headaches, bronchitis, or even pneumonia. Anyone with asthma or allergies will also experience an increase in symptoms.

Understanding the implications of mold in your HVAC system is a good start, but you need to do more to identify the problem. Take note of any musty odors in your home, especially if you smell those odors in multiple rooms. An increased musty smell, when the HVAC system is running, is a good indicator that the system is harboring mold.

While you may have your suspicions, the only way to know that mold is present in your HVAC system is to have your system tested with professional HVAC equipment. Once tested, a technician can take steps toward fixing the problem.

The Importance of Proper Maintenance

One of the main reasons HVAC systems become plagued by mold growth is improper system maintenance. Scheduling an annual HVAC maintenance service visit is your best bet for warding off moisture issues inside your home's heating and cooling system. A preventive tune-up allows the technician to spot early warning signs and clean the ductwork when necessary so that your home is less likely to develop a mold problem.

In addition to regular maintenance, you should also change your system's air filters regularly. HVAC filters are often the first places mildew takes hold, and they’re also the easiest places to check for any moisture or mold spots. You should change your air filters every one to three months depending on whether you have pets in the home; pet owners will want to change the air filters more often. If you continue to find mold on the filter, you’ll want to schedule an HVAC service visit to be on the safe side.

Schedule a Duct Cleaning

When you’ve taken steps to prevent moisture and yet you still find your HVAC system harboring mold or musty smells, make time for a duct cleaning. Ductwork acts as your home’s arteries, allowing heated and conditioned air to travel and disperse throughout the home. When the ducts become clogged, dusty, or wet, you could be left with an inefficient system and poor indoor air quality.

Residential duct cleaning is a fairly straightforward process. Technicians will access the ductwork to sanitize and clean every part using specially designed equipment that won’t damage the ducts themselves. Once the ducts are free of any debris, a chemical application will kill off any bacteria, mold, and other contaminants. This application also helps prevent these contaminants from returning.

After having your home’s ductwork cleaned, you’ll immediately notice a cleaner smell in every room, which naturally means enjoying improved indoor air quality. Anyone suffering from asthma or allergies should also notice an almost immediate reduction in symptoms.

Don’t Put Off Improving Your Home's Indoor Air Quality

You shouldn't suffer from poor indoor air quality, especially when mold is the underlying culprit. Rather than risk your family’s health, schedule an affordable duct cleaning service from Thermacon Service Company.

In general, once your ducts are clean, you can go up to three to five years without rescheduling another duct-cleaning service. Even if you don’t currently suspect a mold or mildew problem in your HVAC system, have your ducts cleaned and sanitized every few years, depending on your circumstances.

You don’t have to suffer another day. Call Thermacon Service Company at 866-797-1535 to schedule a home duct cleaning today. With our professional services, you can be assured that your family will enjoy healthy, breathable air for many more years to come.

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3 Things Your HVAC Technician Checks During a Tuneup

Scheduling regular tuneups is important to keep your furnace, air conditioner, and heat pump working properly. While visiting your Port Arthur, Texas, home, an HVAC technician will complete tasks like checking your thermostat and tightening electrical connections.

Check Thermostat Settings

You use your thermostat to control the temperature in your home and keep your family comfortable. If you have skewed thermostat settings, however, you won't be able to find the right temperature for the inside of your home.

During a regular tuneup visit, an HVAC technician checks your thermostat settings to make sure that when you choose your preferred temperature, the equipment responds properly. Ask your technician about using a programmable thermostat to save money on energy bills. By setting a different interior temperature when you're at home, away, and asleep, you can maximize your home's energy savings.

Clear the Condensate Drain

If your home has a central air conditioner or a heat pump, a technician will check the condensate drain during a maintenance visit. A blocked condensate drain affects the humidity level in your home and can cause water damage to your home.

Your air conditioner or heat pump removes humidity from your indoor air, sending the condensed water through the unit's condensate line. If mold and algae growth form inside the line, the buildup can lead to a blockage and cause a water leak.

Tighten Electrical Connections

Loose or damaged electrical connections can make an HVAC unit unsafe to operate, add stress to internal parts, and reduce the life of the unit.

During a tuneup, an HVAC technician will also check and tighten the electrical connections inside your furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump. Your technician will also measure the current and voltage on your unit's motor.

At Thermacon Service Company Inc., our technicians complete a thorough checklist of tasks during an HVAC system tuneup. Learn more about how our HVAC system maintenance services can keep your Port Arthur, Texas, home comfortable by calling 866-797-1535.

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