As your air conditioner cools your home, it also provides dehumidification of your indoor air. Water from this process collects in the A/C’s drip pan and should be drained away. Because there is almost always moisture in the drainage system, however, there’s an ongoing possibility of mold in the drain pan. This mold can be harmful to your family’s health and to the air conditioning equipment itself. Here are three effective techniques for decreasing the chance of mold in the drain pan:
- Change filters regularly: Clean filters are vitally important to your air conditioner’s function. They promote proper levels of airflow, which your air conditioner needs to work correctly. Clean filters trap and hold particulates and contaminants such as dust, pollen and dander that can reduce the quality of your indoor air. Filters are also important for capturing bacteria and other micro-organisms that contribute to mold growth. Keep in mind that bacteria and material in dirty filters can be loosened and redistributed as air flows through the filter, so regular changes are important. Change filters once a month if they are dirty, or every three months otherwise.
- Keep your home’s interior clean: Regular cleaning of your home’s interior will reduce the amount of dust and other material that circulates through your air conditioning system. By holding indoor dust to a minimum, it won’t have the chance to collect in the ductwork and drain pan, where it can contribute to mold growth.
- Promptly resolve drainage problems: Check the drain pan and draining system to make sure water is being properly drained away. If water is collecting in the drain pan, there’s probably a clog in the drain pipes or elsewhere in the system. Keep the drain pan clear of excess water and have drainage problems fixed as soon as possible.
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