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Prevent Mold, Mildew, And Algae From Taking Over Your A/C System With These Steps

by Amelia Martin

Did you know that the dark and damp confines of your central A/C system can easily harbor a wide variety of mold, mildew, and algae growth? Not only can this get in the way of your A/C system's overall performance, but it can also clog up your condensate drain line and create water leaks. In addition, the mold and mildew inside your A/C unit can circulate throughout your home and negatively impact your indoor air quality. The following offers a few steps you can take to curb mold, mildew, and algae growth within your A/C system.

Treat Your Condensate Drain Line with Bleach or Vinegar

You can keep your drain lines clear simply by adding a cup of household bleach to the condensate drain line. You can either pour the bleach directly into the drain or unscrew the access port cap along the drain line and add your bleach that way. You can also use undiluted white vinegar as a more eco-friendly alternative to bleach, as vinegar offers many of the same germicidal qualities as bleach.

Use Germicidal Strips or Tablets to Control Growth

Placing antimicrobial strips or tablets in the condensate tray can help prevent mildew, algae, and other organic matter from taking residence within the tray. The strips and tablets contain active ingredients that stop slime and sludge from forming in the condensate tray, keeping the tray and drain line clear. These treatments are designed to last for up to several months.

Keep Your Evaporator Coil Clean

Keeping your evaporator coil clean can go a long way towards preventing mold and mildew buildup within your A/C unit. You can have your HVAC technician perform this task as part of your regularly scheduled maintenance and inspection, or you can do it yourself using only a few simple tools.

Change Your Air Filter Regularly

Most instances of mold and mildew growth can be stopped simply by keeping mold spores at bay. Your central A/C system's air filter is at the forefront of this effort, tasked with capturing mold spores and an assortment of other airborne particles. It's important to change your air filter on a regular basis to maintain your A/C system's performance and prevent contamination.

Consider Investing in a UV Germicidal Light

Ultraviolet radiation, specifically UV-C radiation, is well known for its germicidal properties. UV-C light destroys microorganisms by disrupting their DNA, robbing them of their ability to reproduce. A UV germicidal lamp installed in close proximity of the evaporator coil can help curtail mold and mildew growth.

For more information, contact a company like Soco Air Conditioning.