It’s striking that, at times, the air quality inside your home can have more pollutants than the air outside. The air quality inside a house often depends on multiple factors. The accumulation of mold is among the most common reasons why the air quality in most San Antonio homes is often hazy.
Conducting a mold test is an easy way to ascertain that mold accumulation is responsible for the low air quality in your home. But how can you test your indoor air for molds?
1. Purchase an Indoor Air Quality Monitor
One of the easiest ways to keep track of your indoor air quality is to invest in indoor air quality monitor equipment. Unfortunately, most people have no idea that this option exists. The device is an always-on electronic tool that can help you keep track of the air quality inside your home.
When you have an indoor air quality monitor in your home, you can measure the presence of a particular matter, such as chemical pollutants. The device also allows you to measure particulate matter, including mold. Most of these devices have an automatic reader, which means that you don’t have to struggle with keeping track of readings. However, while you have multiple options in the market to consider, most of these devices are expensive. For most people, this option may not be totally viable unless you have a smart home as some smart home devices have indoor air quality monitors built in.
2. Call in the Experts
All of the other indoor air testing options that are administered by the homeowner are speculative. However, you can call in the experts to test your indoor air. The best thing about contacting Beyer Air Conditioning and Heating is that you’ll get a comprehensive assessment of the cooling and heating system.
Our experts have extensive knowledge of the HVAC system and the parts where mold tends to accumulate. With such information, it becomes easy to focus on specific areas when dealing with mold.
Scheduling recurrent tests and clean-up from our experts is essential. You won’t have to worry about the possibility of sicknesses or other issues caused by a mold-infested HVAC system.
3. Assess the Heating or Cooling System
Your cooling or heating system can provide an accurate test for molds in your home. Have you noticed the recurrence of a foul smell coming from your air conditioner or the heating system? This could be a sign of mold accumulation.
The accumulation of molds around the cooling and heating systems is more common during winter. The best way to deal with such molds would be to call in a team of experts from Beyer Air Conditioning and Heating. This will ensure speedy interventions before the situation gets out of control.
4. Dark Grout Between the Shower Tiles
The surprising bit about mold is that it accumulates in some of the unlikeliest of places. If your bathroom has leaking parts, mold may begin to grow around the grout. Unfortunately, most of the mold that thrives in the bathroom can be toxic.
You need to pay close attention to the spaces around the bathroom tiles. However, it takes a keen eye to notice the color changes. Are you finding it hard to differentiate between the normal darkening of tiles and mold-related discoloration? Our experts at Beyer Air Conditioning and Heating are always on-call to test if such darkening spots could be molds. Dealing with mold early helps you minimize the risk of allergies and other issues caused by low air quality.
5. Visible Mold on the Air Ducts
The HVAC system is designed to allow air to come into contact with vents before reaching other rooms. As such, the vents may be more susceptible to mold build-up from time to time. Sometimes, the untrained eye may not notice such build-up.
Even when such mold isn’t visible, it can be a real nightmare if the issue goes unchecked. The good news is that our team of experts from Beyer Air Conditioning and Heating are always available to test your ducts and vents to see if they have accumulated molds. In case we detect mold around the ducts, we can advise on the best way to deal with the infestation. If the ducts are infested, the best solution is typically a duct cleaning from our team at Beyer Air Conditioning and Heating; however, it depends on the extent of the mold. If the mold growth is extensive, we can help you decide the best way to get rid of it.
6. Checking for Mold Inside Furnace
Mold thrives in dark and damp settings. These conditions present a perfect environment to multiply. Testing for mold on your furnace is easy. You only need to pay attention to the condensation around the furnace components to notice any unusual build-up. The furnace often heats and humidifies the air inside, and where there is humidity, there can be mold. The pollution of indoor air often begins from mold accumulation around the furnace.
If you notice mold around accumulating on the furnace, it’s a good idea to contact Beyer Air Conditioning and Heating. The specialist will be able to assess the extent of damage and prepare for duct and furnace cleaning. You might need to act fast in such cases to minimize the risk of air-borne complications. A clean HVAC system directly affects the quality of internal air; clean air doesn’t come from a dirty furnace.
7. Recurrence of Illness
Have you been feeling unwell recently? Symptoms such as runny noses and trouble breathing may be an indicator of mold accumulation. When mold grows inside your house, allergies become more common. Molds may also accelerate the development of respiratory conditions such as asthma.
One of the sure ways to test for mold in your home is by assessing the trends in respiratory and other related health issues. Have you been having watery eyes, difficulty breathing, and sneezing fits? Have you or your loved ones been getting sick easier? Poor air quality and mold in the air could be the cause of these issues. Consider calling in the professionals if any of these signs recur. The intervention of an air quality assessment expert will help you clean the air in your home.
Don’t Let Mold Ruin Your Indoor Air
It’s common to notice the accumulation of mold at home, more so during winter. However, with your naked eye, you might not identify the magnitude of the problem. You may have varying options to consider when testing for mold. Even so, calling in the experts will help solve the issue sooner and restore your indoor air quality.
Our technicians at Beyer Air Conditioning and Heating are always ready to address any of your mold-related issues. Beyer Air Conditioning and Heating also provides a wide range of other services, including comfort plans, ductless AC systems, custom remodels, air duct cleaning, and duct repair. Contact us today for the best HVAC services in San Antonio and all of the surrounding areas.