Air conditioners create ideal conditions for mould. They work by passing air from outside the unit, through a cooling system. With such high volumes of air passing through the unit, they are particularly prone to collecting mould spores and bacteria. This is further exacerbated by the humid climate of Brisbane. The humidity means that there is sufficient moisture for the mould to truly flourish. Mould in air conditioning systems can have dire consequences on your health.
Air that is recirculated through the system will undoubtedly be rich in spores and bacteria. For this reason, it is vital that you take the steps necessary to remove mould from your air conditioning system. This will make your air conditioner run better, and it will benefit your health in the long run.
Vacuum around the house
Mould often begins its life on surfaces around your home. Damp areas and areas that are hidden from your sight are usually prime areas in which mould can flourish. As certain types of mould become more prevalent around your home, so too will mould spores. Some varieties of mould spread by releasing very small spores into the air. These spores then settle on other surface and grow into mould. Being airborne, they are likely to pass through your air conditioner, where they can settle. With consistent cleaning and vacuuming, you can reduce the prevalence of mould. In doing so, you will limit the number of spores and hopefully reduce the amount of mould that passes through your air conditioner.
Make sure the air conditioner’s filters are clean
The first line of defence against mould and dust is your air conditioner’s filter. The filter catches airborne debris and particles, to prevent them from circulating through the unit. This is fantastic, as it goes some way to cleaning the air before it is released into your living space. However, if not cleaned frequently, the filter can harbour a great deal of dust and mould. This will actually make the situation even worse. If you are unsure of how to clean your filter, then you should consult your owners’ manual. Alternatively, you can seek professional advice.
Get your air conditioner services by a professional
Air conditioners ought to be serviced professionally once of twice a year, depending on you circumstances. In an area such as Brisbane, you should probably aim for twice a year. This is prudent, as the air is quite humid and the climate is warm most of the year, which means your air conditioner probably sees a lot of use. For more information on air conditioning services, speak with a professional.
Inspect the air conditioning coil for mould
Mould can also gather quite easily on the coils of your air conditioner. In most air conditioning models, you should be able to access these coils quite easily, provided your air conditioner is turned off. It is then a matter of wiping the mould off and cleaning the internal mechanisms. This is not always suitable for those without air conditioning experience, so it is best to ask your air conditioning specialists about this when you get a service.
Clean the air conditioner’s vents
Finally, you can reduce the mould in your air conditioning by cleaning the vents on the unit’s exterior. These vents allow air to pass freely through the air conditioning system. As a consequence, any mould that grows on the vents is likely to be ingested by the air conditioner itself. Cleaning these vents will eliminate the possibility of this occurring. As a result, you will hopefully be able to enjoy cleaner air that is free from mould and dust.
For more useful tips on air conditioning, contact the experts at Mercury Services today on (07) 3312 4244.