Last updated on February 15, 2024

Introduction: What you can’t see CAN hurt you!

Welcome to the Aussie summer – sun-soaked days, sizzling barbies, and… a sneaky battle with mould in your air conditioner? Yep, you heard that right! While we’re soaking up the glorious sunshine, a less welcome guest, mould, might be gatecrashing our air con units. But don’t sweat it! We’ve got the expert insider tips and tricks to help you keep your home’s cool haven free from mould, safeguarding both your health and your air conditioner’s top-notch performance.

Mould 101: Unwanted Guest in Your AC

Mould – it’s not just an unsightly blotch on bread. It’s a sneaky invader that can make a cosy home in your air conditioner. This unwelcome guest thrives in damp, dark places, making your AC unit a mould paradise. And here’s the kicker: it’s not just about the ick factor. Mould in your AC can lead to a host of health issues, from allergies to respiratory problems.

Health Hazards of Mould in AC and Homes: Quick Risks List

  • Allergic Reactions: Sneezing, itching, and skin rashes can be triggered by mould spores.
  • Respiratory Issues: Mould can exacerbate asthma and cause difficulty in breathing.
  • Sinus Congestion: Chronic sinusitis and nasal congestion are common in mouldy environments.
  • Eye Irritation: Red, itchy, or watery eyes can result from exposure to mould.
  • Throat Irritation: Persistent coughing or sore throat can be mould-related.
  • Skin Problems: Direct contact with mould can lead to skin irritation or dermatitis.
  • Weakened Immune System: Long-term exposure may weaken the immune system, leading to more frequent infections.

Understanding these risks underscores the importance of keeping your AC and home mould-free for your health and well-being! So, let’s get to work on evicting this pesky tenant!


Mould’s Favourite Hangouts: Inside Your AC

Mould loves a good, moist environment, and unfortunately, your air conditioner provides just that. When your AC cools the air, it also condenses moisture, creating a mould playground. But here’s the good news: by controlling these conditions, you can keep mould at bay. It’s all about staying dry and disrupting mould’s comfort zone.

Your Mould-Free AC Game Plan

The Clean Routine: AC Edition

Regular cleaning is your first line of defence against mould. This means giving your filters some TLC and ensuring the internals of your AC aren’t collecting moisture. Not sure where to start? Our residential air conditioning maintenance team can help keep your unit in tip-top shape.

Humidity: Mould’s Frenemy

Humidity is like a mould magnet. Keeping your home’s humidity levels in check is crucial in the fight against mould. Aim for a humidity level between 30% and 50%. Dehumidifiers can be a great ally, and so can smart use of your AC.

Airflow Mastery

Good airflow in and around your AC unit is like kryptonite to mould. Ensure your unit and vents are free from obstructions to keep the air moving and moisture at bay. Regular checks and maintenance, which our commercial service and maintenance experts can provide, are key to maintaining optimal airflow.

Red Flags: Is Your AC Hosting Mould?

Stay alert for signs of mould. A musty smell when you switch on your AC or visible signs of mould are clear red flags. If you suspect your AC is a mould party zone, it’s time to call in the pros.

Quick Checklist: Spotting Mould in Your AC

  • Musty Odour: A tell-tale sign when the AC kicks in.
  • Visible Mould Spots: Check vents and drip pans.
  • Allergy Flare-Ups: Unexplained increase in allergy symptoms.
  • Humidity Issues: Excessive moisture or dampness around the unit.
  • Inconsistent Cooling: Spotty cooling can indicate blocked, mouldy vents.
  • Water Leaks: Persistent leaks near the AC unit.

If any of these signs are familiar, it’s time to get your AC checked by the experts! πŸ› οΈπŸŒ¬οΈ


Calling in the Pros: When DIY Just Won’t Cut It

Sometimes, DIY solutions just don’t cut it, especially when it comes to mould. That’s where professional servicing comes into play. Our experts can spot early signs of mould and nip the problem in the bud, saving you from bigger issues down the line.

DIY vs The Mould Busters: What’s Best for Your AC?

While regular DIY cleaning is great, there are times when only professional mould busters can handle the job. If you’re dealing with persistent mould issues or have a large or complex AC system, it’s time to call in the cavalry.

The Sweet Rewards of a Mould-Free AC

Keeping your AC mould-free isn’t just about avoiding health risks; it’s also about enjoying the sweet rewards of a well-maintained unit. A mould-free AC means better air quality, improved efficiency, and potentially lower energy bills. Plus, you’re extending the life of your unit – and who doesn’t love a bit of cost-saving longevity?

Perks of a Mould-Free AC: Quick Benefits List

  • Healthier Air Quality: Breathe easier with cleaner, mould-free air.
  • Enhanced Efficiency: Your AC works better without mould blockages.
  • Lower Energy Bills: Efficient systems use less power, saving you money.
  • Extended AC Lifespan: Regular maintenance means a longer-lasting unit.
  • Consistent Comfort: Enjoy uninterrupted, even cooling throughout your home.
  • Peace of Mind: No mould means no worries about hidden health hazards.

Enjoy these benefits and more with a well-maintained, mould-free AC! πŸŒ¬οΈπŸ’ΈπŸŒΏ


Conclusion: Breathe Easy This Summer

So there you have it – your guide to a mould-free summer. Remember, a little bit of maintenance can go a long way in keeping your home healthy and your AC running smoothly. Don’t let mould dampen your summer vibes. Take action, stay vigilant, and when in doubt, call in the experts.

Ready to give your AC the care it deserves? Reach out to us for top-notch residential and commercial air conditioning maintenance services. Let’s keep your summer cool, comfortable, and mould-free!


Posted onDecember 12, 2023

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Brendan Ward is a senior HVAC+R contractor, renowned in his industry as the go-to person for advice, design and planning of commercial air conditioning installations. Brendan has been a qualified professional in both the residential and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning sector for almost 25 years, and has owned Coalfield's Climate Control, a leading air conditioning company in the Hunter Valley for over a decade.

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