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Air Conditioner Mold Growth

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner, which means many people will be putting in their window air conditioning. Using window unit air conditioners can be a great way to escape from the heat, but it is important to make sure that you are using them correctly in order to keep yourself safe and in good health.

A common problem with air conditioning units is that they produce condensation and that results in dripping water. Aside from obvious problems such as water damage that might arise from a dripping air conditioner, it can also result in mold growth. Mold can grow just about anywhere that there is moisture, which often results in mold growing on air conditioner units. If any water is in the unit while it is not in use or while it is in storage over the winter, it creates a perfect environment for mold growth.

Mold might be disgusting, however the real problem is the health hazards that result from mold exposure. Complications relating to coming into contact with mold can include a number of problems such as asthma, allergic reactions, bleeding of the lungs and some experts believe certain types of molds are cancerous. For this reason it is important to keep mold out of the home.

Mold health issues can spread by direct contact as well as by breathing in the airborne mold spores.  If mold grows within your air conditioner and then the unit is used, it can blow harmful mold spores throughout the house. Often times this is why people report feeling congested or sick when being in an air-conditioned area. For this reason it is important to check your air conditioner unit every year before placing it in a window for the summer.

Air conditioning units are a luxury on a hot day, however it is always important to keep your safety in mind. In order to keep mold spores from blowing all over your home it is important to clean your unit before installing it for the hot summer months. If you believe you have mold growing within your vents it is important to call a mold restoration specialist to get rid of the mold damage before health issues arise.

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