Mold in your home is never good. It looks awful, smells awful, and is awful for your health. Generally speaking, mold is either easy to spot or hides where you may never think to look. Wherever there may be moisture, there may be mold.
Of course, it loves to make its home wherever you will have a hard time reaching. Your HVAC system’s ductwork and AC vents are a natural place for mold to grow.
Luckily, there are some ways Winchester homeowners can easily deal with it with home remedies.
Identifying Moldy Vents (When to Clean)
Mold is typically considered an “invisible threat.” While it may not jump right out at you, there are some telltale signs that you are dealing with a mold problem on your AC Vents.
If you want to work proactively, it’s always a good idea to take a look in the vents to check for any signs of mold. Otherwise, a musty smell combined with headaches or allergy symptoms once the air conditioning is on is indicative of mold.
You may also see mold begin to appear on the outside of the vents when the situation becomes bad enough. Any time mold is present, no matter how small it may be, it’s a good idea to take care of it.
There are professional services for this exact issue, but you can deal with it yourself. DIY remedies for mold are cost-effective and straightforward.
How To Clean Mold on Your AC Vents
There’s no need to panic or scramble if you find some mold on your AC vents. So long as you’re willing, you can take care of it. Put yourself first, though. Before you begin, take measures to protect yourself from the mold. Rubber gloves, respiratory protection, and safety glasses are must-haves.
As far as what you will need to deal with the mold, there’s no need to go nuts. Your favorite detergent, bleach (or baking soda), and water are what you’ll need. Of course, you can use commercially available EPA registered mold removal solutions and inhibitors to prevent the mold from returning.
What to Mix
Mixing the solution is easy. If you opt to use detergent and baking soda, you may follow the following mixture:
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tablespoon of detergent
- Half-tablespoon of baking soda
If you prefer bleach, one part bleach to 16 parts water is enough to remove mold.
Removal of the mold may be tackled in various methods, and you can get creative here. There isn’t any need to overcomplicate the matter, though.
You will need to remove the vents to clean them as both sides need attention. A spray bottle paired with means to scrub the vents does the trick; before you do so, it’s wise to let the vents soak. Be sure that no mold remains before reinstalling the vents.
Should I Replace The Vents/Ductwork?
Just because the vents are moldy, there’s no need to replace them. As long as structural integrity remains, simple cleaning is enough. If you have a central AC system and the vents are moldy, take a look at the ductwork. Finding mold here a well is not uncommon.
If mold exists within your ductwork, there’s no need to worry about replacing that either.
In fact, with a flexible mop and the cleaning solution of your choice may be enough to deal with it. You should know that if the situation is bad enough, you can call professionals in for ductwork cleaning.
Proactive Measures are Better Than Reactive Measures
It’s always better to stop a problem before it starts. Because mold can be harmful to your health, or others who enter your home, this is especially true. If you are cleaning the mold yourself, use of an inhibiter once the vents are clean will help prevent mold from reappearing.
Because moisture breeds mold, dealing with humidity is another proactive step to take.
A dehumidifier is especially helpful when you live in a humid region. Be mindful that an AC system reduces humidity by nature, and using a dehumidifier may only be needed during times when the AC is not in use.
Mold is scary, but you can handle it yourself. Just remember to make sure to protect yourself when cleaning. If mold is growing on your vents, there is cause to check other parts of the HVAC system.
Drip pans drain and any other parts of the system where moisture is present is where mold will grow. Again, there’s no need to panic; just apply a few simple cleaning methods.