The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.
The benefits of having an air conditioner extend beyond keeping your home's temperature at an optimum level. In addition to cooling and heating functions, most air conditioners also serve as dehumidifiers. As a result, they usually help to keep homes mold-free.
However, an air conditioner's ability to cool a room can sometimes be to blame for a mold attack. This is so mainly because when the air it cools passes through the vents, condensation can form. This then leads to dampness within the vents, something that makes for a perfect breeding ground for mold.
Therefore, if you start experiencing mold-like symptoms such as non-stop headaches, skin rashes, eye irritation, chronic sneezing and coughing, unexplained nosebleeds and nausea; a good place to start checking for signs of black mold growth is the vent system of your air conditioner. And if you find traces of mold growth, follow the following steps to ensure that your loved ones are shielded from the devastating effects of black mold exposure.
1. Protect yourself
Black mold spores are dangerous, especially if they trigger an allergic reaction in your system. It is therefore advisable that you wear a dust mask before you embark on a mold-cleaning spree. As for the rest of your body, long-sleeved working clothes will be enough to provide you with the protection that you need.
2. Gain access to the vent system
To successfully do this, you will need a screwdriver. Use it to unscrew the cover of the vent system. And if the cover is held in place using pressure clips, simply pressing them should be enough to get the cover out of your way.
After freeing the cover, soak it and the vent filters in a solution of water and detergent. Leave it for about 15 minutes and then scrub it with a brush. Rinse it and then leave it to dry.
3. Spray and wipe
You have to start cleaning by spraying water on the duct opening and the system blades. This is important because it helps to trap the mold by limiting the chances of an airborne escape. And after the spraying, use soapy water to thoroughly wipe the ducts and the blades.
4. Employ the bleach attack
To effectively launch a bleach attack, you will need a flexible mop, a gallon of water and a cup of bleach. Create a mold-fighting solution by mixing the bleach with the water. Dip the mop in the solution and then start the attack by scrubbing the insides of the vent system with it. And after you are done, let it dry first before reattaching the vent cover.
If you have more questions about your air conditioner, contact Mountain Air Comfort Systems for help.