Who Should I Trust For Mini Split Cleaning And Maintenance?

Who Should I Trust To Maintain And Clean My Ductless Mini Split?

Who Should I Trust For Mini Split Cleaning And Maintenance?While you can take a few DIY steps to help keep your mini split in great shape, you need a reliable, trustworthy HVAC contractor for annual maintenance. And, dedicated deep cleanings are essential for maintaining your system’s performance and energy efficiency.

Fortunately, coordinating all this becomes very simple once you have the right people. And, it helps to know what each service entails, why it’s important, and how to find the right person for each job.

We’ll help you figure all that out in this article. You’ll learn the three critical steps toward proper maintenance, why you need them, and who you should call for each one.

Then, we’ll talk specifically about how to make sure you’ve found someone reliable and trustworthy to handle the work.

Three Easy Ways To Keep Your Mini Split In Great Shape

There are three important parts of regular mini split maintenance. Addressing all three keeps your system in excellent working order:

    1. Clean The Filters
    2. Seasonal Tune-Ups
    3. Deep CleaningRelated: How Can I Make My Mini Split Last Longer?

Clean The Filters

How Mold In Ductless Mini Splits Cause Biotoxin IllnessCleaning the filter in each air handler is an easy first step toward maintaining your system. The filter prevents dust and other particles from gumming up the components inside your system. And, those pollutants won’t recirculate into the air you breathe when you’re in the room.

Unlike the ones you use for furnaces, these air filters are reusable. So, instead of tossing out the old one and putting in a new one, you’ll remove the one in your air handler, clean it out, and put it back in.

It only takes a few minutes, and you don’t need any tools to access it. We recommend cleaning each one every month. You may want to do it more often if you have pets that shed and find their fur or feathers in the filter.

The filter won’t catch everything — and we’ll address that concern later — but it makes a big impact. However, if it gets clogged, you’ll get a drop in circulation when air can’t pass through it.

Seasonal Tune-Ups

You should have a professional HVAC contractor inspect, clean, and optimize your mini split once a year if you only use it for cooling and twice annually if it also serves as a heater. This service goes a long way toward maintaining your system’s performance and energy efficiency.

Your HVAC company checks dozens of inspection points to root out anything that will cause a problem later. If an electrical connection is loose, they’ll tighten it. If a part is worn down, they’ll replace it before it breaks, causing more damage and a more expensive repair call down the line.

These maintenance visits are often called “tune-ups.” The best times to get them are in the spring and fall, so your system is ready for its peak seasons.

And, maintenance is essential for keeping your warranty valid. If you check the fine print on the manufacturer’s agreement, it states the warranty is void unless you have your system serviced regularly.

Related: Heat Pump Service Keeps Your Home Healthy And Comfortable

Deep Cleaning

A deep cleaning is a step beyond a tune-up. While your tech will clear out any surface dust or buildup, they can’t access every area inside the air handlers and heat pump. As a result, it’s common for those components, especially the indoor units, to become infested with mold and other microbial contaminants.

The problem is much more common with mini splits than with other systems.

The inside of each component provides excellent conditions for bacteria, mold spores, and other contaminants to thrive. And, it’s pretty much possible to clean them completely without taking apart the entire system.

Doing that much would take hours, making it expensive for an HVAC tech. And even then, it’s challenging to get in between, say, every tiny ridge, or fin, on the coil.

But, that’s one spot in particular where mold grows and bacteria thrive. Check out the grime in this photo to see what we mean:

All that organic buildup means air can’t pass over the coil to get heated or cooled properly. Even worse, you breathe in all that junk when the air blows back out.

That’s why deep cleaning is an important complement to a tune-up: It addresses problems a regular maintenance call can’t address. And it makes a massive impact on your indoor air quality and your system’s performance and energy usage.

Related: How Often Should My Mini Split Be Cleaned?

How To Find A Reliable HVAC Contractor

When you’re in the market for a reliable contractor, you want someone with excellent reviews, an office you can visit, and a track record of regularly working in your town. The best way to find one is through a referral from family or friends, and you can do more research on your own. First, always make sure the contractor you’re considering has a location you can visit. The longer they’ve been in business, the better. Also, check that their trucks have permanent decals on them. People that use removable or magnetic signage are often fly-by-night operators. Next, check their Yelp! reviews and Google ratings. You want to see plenty of five-star ratings and glowing comments. When it comes to their BBB rating, of course you want to see an A+. But, here’s another hint: Read any complaints against them. If you see the same concerns coming up over and over again, that’s a red flag. Even if they resolve them, they still struggle with that part of the business. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask them for referrals, especially if you’re getting quotes on a big job. They should be able to provide the names and numbers of satisfied customers that will vouch for them.

HVAC Contractors Vs. Mini Split Cleaning

The last thing to consider is whether your HVAC contractor can also provide a mini split cleaning. Most of them will do a great job with maintenance, repairs, and installation. But, few have the specialized equipment and know-how to provide efficient and effective deep cleans.

Related: What To Expect Before, During, And After A HydroKleen Cleaning

At HydroKleen208, we use specialized pressure washers calibrated to flush out air handlers and heat pumps without damaging any equipment. The hoses are shaped to reach every nook and cranny inside each unit without us taking anything apart. 

Then, our catchment bags hook onto the air handler to catch all the dirty water coming out without spilling a drop in your home. Finally, our liquid cleaning agents are non-toxic and environmentally-friendly

This way, we don’t introduce any new toxins into your home or put anything like that into the sewer when we drain it out. 

That’s all to say: These are the tools and strategies you need for a deep clean. To prove our point, here’s another picture of a dirty coil. We cleaned one side, stopped to take this photo, and then continued. You can see the difference: 

You Can See How Dirty A Mini Split System Can Get

HydroKleen has dozens of teams around the globe, and we’re growing in the United States as mini splits become more popular. If you live in Boise Metro or Valley County in Idaho, call us at (208) 779-5596 to learn more about what we do — and how we do it best.

Why Does My Mini-Split Smell Like Cheese Or Dirty Socks?

Why Does My Mini Split Smell Musty Or Like Cheese Or Dirty Socks?

Why Does My Mini-Split Smell Like Cheese Or Dirty Socks?

A mini split giving off a musty smell or an odor like cheese or dirty socks most likely has a mold problem. Spores grow inside the air handler and spread through your home as the system circulates them with the air it’s heating or cooling.

If you’ve ever heard of “Dirty Sock Syndrome,” that’s what we’re talking about here. And, yes, it’s so widespread that it has a name.

And while Dirty Sock Syndrome applies to this problem with any sort of heating and cooling system, we’re here to tell you that, unfortunately, it’s prevalent with ductless systems.

But, the good news is that there’s a quick, easy fix. A mini split deep cleaning can usually take care of this problem in one visit.

That’s our specialty here at HydroKleen208: Restoring ductless systems, so they work just as well as the day they were installed. You’d be surprised at just how dirty the insides of these systems get — and how well they’ll work once you get them cleaned out.

But, we’ll get to all that later on. First, we’ll talk about why ductless systems are so susceptible to mold problems and how to spot an issue. Then, we’ll discuss how to address it.

And, if you have any questions about the ductless system or indoor air quality in your Treasure Valley home or business, call us at (208) 779-5596 for a free consultation.

Why (And How) Ductless Systems Get Mold In Them

It turns out that mini splits — particularly the air handlers — are perfect breeding grounds for mold.

There’s no light in there, but there’s plenty of warmth from the heat transfer process, plus moisture from the air and from the dehumidification process in the summer.

Those are the exact optimal conditions for mold growth. Then, to make matters worse, these units are really tough to clean.

Mold On Ductless Coils

Even if you’ve only lifted the front panel on your air handlers to clean the filter, you can get a sense of how packed everything is in there. And, in particular, you’ll see the coil: that blue block with all the tiny ridges on it.

That’s the main offender when it comes to mold.

Mold spores, along with bacteria and other microbial contaminants, settle in between those tiny ridges and cultivate. Since that’s where the heat transfer occurs, there’s plenty of warmth and moisture.

Other areas ripe for problems are behind the barrel fans or near the drain line if there’s a problem.

Related: How To Spot And Fix Mini Split Condensate Drain Line Clog

These problems take root in just about any system. But, the infestations get even worse if the system wasn’t installed properly. We start to see water building up in the air handler or leaking behind the walls. 

Cleaning Challenges

What To Expect For Your HydroKleen Mini Split Cleaning

Not only does mold grow quickly inside these units, but they’re also tough to clean out. For instance, we mentioned the barrel fans and the condensate line – you can’t even see those without taking the air handler apart! And, there’s more in there as well.

So, until recently, the only way to clean this stuff was to have a professional disassemble every component. Then, they’d have to scrub each piece manually.

It’s a delicate, time-consuming process. Each one could take hours. As a result, it’s usually hard to find an HVAC contractor that will do it. The price would be prohibitive when you factor in the labor hours.

Then, there’s still no guarantee they can eliminate the problem! Look at the coil again. Now, imagine having to scrub in between every one of those tiny fins without bending any.

You’ll get some cleaning when you get a tune-up or regular maintenance. But that only scratches the surface.

Dirty Sock Syndrome

All these factors lead to what’s called “Dirty Sock Syndrome.” All that junk building up in your system — especially mold — gives off a stale, cheesy smell. Then, the odor circulates through your house as the air flows through the system. 

It can — and does — occur in forced-air systems (think furnaces and central air). But, it’s much more common with mini splits. 

At best, it’s an inconvenience (and maybe a little embarrassing when you have people over). At worst, it can make you feel sick. 

Related: Six Telltale Signs Your Ductless System Needs To Be Cleaned ASAP

Mini Split Deep Cleaning

How Often Should Your Mini Split Be Cleaned?A general HVAC tune-up and cleaning will eliminate dirty sock syndrome if you’re lucky. But, if you have a ductless system, it’s essential to add a dedicated mini split deep cleaning to your strategy. In fact, these cleanings are important even if you don’t notice a bad smell yet.

Related: How Often Should A Mini Split Be Cleaned?

We mentioned before how difficult it is to clean these systems properly. That’s if you’re doing it manually. HydroKleen208 has a specialized process that makes flushing out these systems easy and effective. 

In this article, you can read more about how we work and get a behind-the-scenes look at an actual cleaning. 

The bottom line is that our parent company, HydroKleen Global, developed specialized tools, processes, and non-toxic cleaning agents that can reach into every nook and cranny in your system and clean it out. 

That includes the air handlers along with the heat pump outside. 

Since we do it without taking anything apart, it’s much less expensive than a conventional HVAC visit. And, our finely-calibrated equipment uses just the right amount of pressure to wash everything without causing damage. 

Related: What Does It Cost To Clean A Heat Pump? 

This doesn’t take the place of regular maintenance or tune-ups. Instead, it works along with those services to help keep you healthy and keep your system running great. 

If you live or work in Kuna, ID, or anywhere in Idaho’s Treasure Valley, you can call HydroKleen208 to learn more about our mini split cleaning. We serve homes and businesses from Boise Metro and as far north as Cascade. Click below or call (208) 779-5596 to set your appointment.

How Heat Pump Service Keeps Your Home Healthy & Comfortable

Keeping Your Home Comfortable With Regular Heat Pump Maintenance

How Heat Pump Service Keeps Your Home Healthy & ComfortableHeat pumps require regular maintenance, just like a conventional heating and cooling system. But what does that mean, exactly? And, what difference does it make?

The short answer is that regular maintenance, or a tune-up, is like an inspection for your car: A certified tech goes over dozens of inspection points and addresses any problems. You get better comfort, improved indoor air quality, and lower bills as a result.

And, when it comes to heat pumps and mini split systems, there’s an extra step to consider: A deep cleaning.

It’s not something you usually need with a furnace or central air. But, it makes a big difference with heat pumps.

Since that’s our specialty, we’re focusing on mini splits or ductless systems and heat pumps in this article. We’ll go into more detail about tune-ups and then talk about the benefits of a separate cleaning.

And, if your Treasure Valley home or business uses a heat pump system, we’re here to help! Feel free to call us any time with questions about your system’s energy usage or performance. Or about your comfort and indoor air quality. You don’t need an appointment to get the answers you need. Click below or call (208) 779-5596.

Related: Four Factors To Consider When Buying Air Conditioner

Do Heat Pumps Need Servicing?

Heat pumps need regular servicing, or tune-ups, just like traditional furnaces and central air. These inspections and cleanings prevent breakdowns, comfort issues, and excess energy use. Tune-ups are recommended in the spring and fall, before the cooling and heating seasons, respectively.

This all falls under regular maintenance and needs to be done by a certified HVAC technician. However, mini split heat pumps systems and traditional systems differ because mini splits often require separate cleanings.

We’ll talk about those a little more in a moment. For now, let’s dive deeper into your tune-up.

Related: Who Should I Trust To Maintain My Heat Pump?

What Do I Get With A Heat Pump Tune-Up?

Heat pump tune-ups take about an hour for both mini splits and ducted setups. Your tech goes through dozens of inspection points on all the equipment. They check all electrical connections, ensure the motors are working correctly, and ensure there are no signs of refrigerant leaks.

At the same time, they’ll identify any parts that appear worn out or broken. This step avoids bigger problems while your system works harder in the summer and winter.

That’s when weakened parts break, or a small amount of damage gets worse and causes a breakdown.

Related: What Could Go Wrong With An Improper Mini Split Installation?

Your tech will also clean out your system as part of the maintenance visit. While that part of the process helps your mini split run smoothly, it doesn’t eliminate all the problems that can — and often do — arise from dirt, microbial contamination, and other buildup in your air handlers and heat pump. 

That’s where the deep cleaning comes in. 

Heat Pump Service Vs. Deep Cleaning

A heat pump service call involved a licensed HVAC tech inspecting and optimizing your system’s electrical components and moving parts. A deep cleaning reaches every surface inside your air handlers and heat pump to flush out and eradicate all dirt, allergens, mold spores, bacteria, and other buildup. 

They’re two different services. Even as a world-renowned mini split cleaning service, our HydroKleen208 techs can’t identify or fix mechanical or electrical problems. But, most HVAC contractors can’t get your system nearly as clean as we can. 

Related: How Often Should A Mini Split Be Cleaned?

That’s why both a tune-up and cleaning should be part of your regular maintenance routine. You’ll rarely need more than one cleaning each year. And, in some cases, you can go even longer between visits. 

But, it’s still an essential service — and that becomes more apparent as these systems become more popular here in the U.S.

Buildup And Contamination In Ductless Systems

Over time, dust, dirt, bacteria, and mold spores build up inside the air handlers of a ductless system. These pollutants get sucked in with the air and build up or cultivate on the components. The coil gets particularly dirty and ends up looking like this:

A Ductless System Can Get Moldy If Not Taken Care Of

 Heat pumps have similar problems: All sorts of stuff accumulates or grows in and on the outdoor units. And getting rid of it is challenging.

The reason is that you can’t just take these apart and clean them. There are dozens of small, delicate components in each one. And, doing so voids the warranty.

Even if you did, you’d then have to scrub every single surface manually. It would take hours — even for an experienced HVAC technician. And, you’d need them to do it anyway to keep your warranty.

Meanwhile, all that buildup causes a host of problems.

Your system uses more electricity than it should and leaves hot and cold spots in your home. That’s because the dirt and mold block the airflow, preventing the air handler from working correctly.

Even worse, it affects your health: All that junk circulates back into the air you breathe. In all: you’re uncomfortable, feeling sick, and paying more on your electric bill.

Benefits Of Heat Pump Deep Cleaning

A HydroKleen208 heat pump cleaning eliminates these problems when they stem from dirty components. We use custom-made tools and strong yet nontoxic cleaners that flush out and sanitize the entire system.

Remember that coil we showed you before? Here’s a photo where we cleaned half of one and then stopped to let the homeowner see the progress:

You Can See How Dirty A Mini Split System Can Get

The results? Better indoor air quality. Better comfort. And lower electric bills.

Related: What Does It Cost To Clean A Heat Pump?

Heat Pump Cleaning In Boise, ID

HydroKleen208 guarantees the most effective and comprehensive heat pump cleaning in Boise, ID and as far north as McCall. You can click here to learn more about what we do. Or click below or call (208) 779-5596 to learn more or schedule your appointment.

Are You Too Tired At Home? Mold Exposure May Be The Reason.

Are You Always Too Tired At Home? Mold Exposure May Be The Reason.

Are You Too Tired At Home? Mold Exposure May Be The Reason.Are you tired all the time? If so, you’re not alone — especially not today. Surveys from early 2022 point to around 60 percent of American adults constantly feeling tired, particularly at home. Hectic work schedules, excess screen time, sleep deprivation, and stress contribute to this trend. And, we can add one more common cause: Mold exposure.

You probably already know that being around a lot of mold can make you sick. After all, it’s why we worry about it growing in our homes. But, do you know what health problems mold can cause — or how varied or subtle they can be?

It’s more than just “feeling sick,” although that’s a start. 

Everything from skin rashes to asthma attacks to even vertigo or depression can stem from too much mold around you. But then again, plenty of other factors can trigger those symptoms. 

So, microbial contamination, like breathing in spores at home, usually isn’t the first thing you or your doctor consider when diagnosing these medical issues.

Before we go any further, we need to stress: We’re not doctors! But, our service plays a vital role in removing mold from people’s homes. As a result, we’ve learned to recognize the signs of mold problems in a house or business and the physical symptoms that stem from exposure. 

HydroKleen208 specializes in mini split and heat pump cleaning in Boise Metro and Valley County in Idaho. And these systems are notorious for breeding mold that circulates in the air you breathe. 

If you’re experiencing signs of fatigue or other health concerns, please consult your general practitioner right away. After that, it’s worth checking your home for signs of a mold problem. Finding and fixing that can be the key to feeling better and healthier. 

This article will explore the relationship between mold exposure and feeling tired. Then, we’ll touch on how to identify and address a mold problem in your home. And, if you use a mini split or other heat pump system in your home, you’ll especially want to read till the end. 

Meanwhile, you can always call us with any questions or concerns about the indoor air quality in your Treasure Valley home or business. We’re here at (208) 779-5596.

Can Mold In Your House Make You Tired?

More than three decades of research show that mold exposure, particularly at home, can cause people to feel tired or develop chronic fatigue. It’s due to mycotoxins, which are toxins produced by mold, decreasing oxygenation in the body, among other reactions that cause people to feel tired.

More Signs Of Mold Exposure

Fatigue isn’t the only symptom of mycotoxin exposure. People may also feel sick, develop rashes, start wheezing, or otherwise have difficulty breathing. These issues are even more pronounced for people with mold allergies.

Related: Can Black Mold Cause Vertigo?

Even more severe reactions can include “brain fog” or trouble concentrating, immune deficiencies, and other serious health issues that can become chronic.

However, part of the problem with identifying these is that they mimic many other issues. For instance, many of those minor symptoms can look like seasonal allergies or a reaction to different fabrics or laundry detergents.

And neurological issues can stem from a wide variety of causes. That’s why it’s also essential to look for other signs of mold in your home and address any you find.

Three Common Signs Of Mold In Your Home

Along with physical symptoms, the most common signs that your home has a mold problem are:

  • Persistent Musty Or Mildew Smell
  • Finding Spots On Furniture, Walls, Or Clothing
  • Walls Are Warped

Related: What Is The Best Temperature To Prevent Mold In My Home?

Persistent Musty Or Mildew Smell

Musty smells are a sign you have standing water or excess moisture somewhere. That means mold isn’t far behind if it’s not already growing. A mildew smell, more specifically, is a sign of fungus and organic growth.

Finding Spots On Furniture, Walls, Or Clothing

Collections of mold spores often take the form of round, colored spots and splotches on many surfaces in the house. Smaller ones may be flat, or they grow to become sticky or fuzzy.

Walls Are Warped

Bulging walls, bubbling or peeling wallpaper, or other damage is often a sign of mold growing where you can’t see it. And, even if that’s not the problem, it may be soon: Those are usually signs of water damage, possibly from a plumbing problem.

Common Mold Problems With Mini Splits

You are very likely to have a mold problem in your home if you’ve had a ductless mini split system for more than a year. It turns out that the air handlers become infested with mold very quickly, and they’re hard to clean. As a result, your heating and cooling system constantly spreads spores through the air it circulates.

Related: What You Need To Know About Microbial Contamination In Mini Splits.

For example, here’s a photo of the coil inside an air handler. We cleaned one side and left the other half dirty so the homeowner could see the difference:

You Can See How Dirty A Mini Split System Can Get

And, we’re sorry to say, that’s what we find most often when we show up for a cleaning. The problem is that the insides of these units are dark, moist, and warm — perfect for mold and other microbial contaminants to grow.  Meanwhile, it’s not easy to clean these out. You’d have to disassemble the entire thing, which voids the warranty unless a professional does it. Then, each tiny component needs to be scrubbed and sanitized, which could take hours and hours for a single air handler.  That’s where we come in.  Related: How Often Should A Mini Split Be Cleaned? HydroKleen208 uses equipment and nontoxic cleaners exclusively designed to flush out virtually every bit of dust, dirt, mold, bacteria, and other contaminants from a mini split system.  We have the benefit of a decade-plus of research and development. Our parent company, HydroKleen Global, has been working on the problem in other countries where mini splits have been widely used for years.  Now, we bring that technology to homes here in the Treasure Valley. You can read more about our process and what to expect from a cleaning in our Learning Library.

Mini Split And Heat Pump Cleaning In Kuna, ID

HydroKleen208 offers the most effective and comprehensive mini split and heat pump cleaning in Kuna, PA and across the Treasure Valley. With over a decade of ongoing research and development, we guarantee immediate improvements to your indoor air quality and comfort. To learn more or schedule an appointment, click below or call (208) 779-5596.

Vertigo And Black Mold In Your Home: Are They Related?

The Unexpected Relationship Between Vertigo And Black Mold Exposure

Vertigo And Black Mold In Your Home: Are They Related?Sudden dizziness. Problems focusing or keeping your balance. Nausea. Sweating. Sudden hearing loss. The room feels like it’s spinning around you. Could the culprit be mold? The answer may surprise you.

The health impacts from mold exposure are real, and they can be severe. But part of the problem is that the symptoms often mimic many other common medical issues. As a result, you or your doctor may not pinpoint the actual cause right away.

And, yes: One of those problems can be vertigo, especially if your symptoms are new and persistent.

Now, that doesn’t mean mold is automatically to blame. After all, other, more common triggers are migraines, inner ear infections or problems, and head injuries.

But, if your sudden onset occurs along with signs of mold infestation, there’s a good chance the two are related. 

This article addresses the problem on a few different fronts. 

First, we’ll talk about the relationship between mold and vertigo. Then, we’ll talk a little more about the condition itself. Finally, we’ll walk you through how to check for mold in your home and what to do if you find it. 

We need to note that we are not medical professionals, and you should talk to your doctor about any health concerns. 

But, since our specialty is mini split and heat pump deep cleaning, we run into many mold problems in the Treasure Valley.

As a result, we’ve learned a thing or two about the effects of mold exposure. So, we’re sharing those with you here. If these problems sound familiar to you, and you use a mini split or heat pump to heat and cool part or all of your home in Boise Metro or Valley County, give us a call today.

Can Black Mold Cause Vertigo?

Black mold can cause vertigo in direct and indirect ways. First, exposure to mycotoxins in mold causes dizziness, triggering vertigo. Second, people who are allergic to mold can experience vertigo due to mold exposure.

Related: Can Mold Make You Dizzy?

Specifically, many doctors believe allergies can lead to Meniere’s disease, an inner-ear disorder that causes vertigo. While the exact causes aren’t yet known, allergies, viral infections, and head injuries appear to play significant roles. 

And, of course, this is far from the only problem people experience from black mold exposure. Less severe symptoms include rashes, watery eyes, runny noses, and trouble breathing. Other people experience anything from fatigue and nausea to “brain fog” and trouble concentrating. 

Related: Mold Toxicity And Physical Symptoms

What Is Vertigo, Exactly?

What Is Vertigo?Vertigo isn’t a disease itself. Instead, it’s a symptom caused by an underlying condition. For instance, we mentioned Meniere’s Disease as a trigger, along with inner ear infections, migraines, ear infections, and other disorders. It can be a one-time experience or become a chronic problem.
And that depends largely on what’s causing it for you. In the case of mold exposure, you’re likely to experience it more than if there’s a mold problem at home. We’ll talk more about that again later. But first, let’s go back to the physical symptoms you’re experiencing.

Four Ways To Address Vertigo

The four best ways to begin addressing chronic vertigo episodes are:

  1. Visit Your Doctor
  2. Change Your Sleep Habits
  3. Adjust Your Movements
  4. Do Specific Exercises

Visit Your Doctor

Your first step, no matter what, is visiting your doctor. You need to identify and hopefully rule out various illnesses that may be at the root of your problem. Your doctor will also help you put together a treatment plan and may prescribe medication for an underlying issue.

Change Your Sleep Habits

Get into a stress-free routine before bed, so you’re relaxed. Sleep on your back to avoid fluid buildup in your ears.

Adjust Your Movements

Try not to stoop down when picking up something. Don’t stretch your neck too far, and turn your head slowly and carefully. These steps avoid irritating your ears or otherwise triggering an episode. And, returning to your sleep habits: Get out of bed carefully and slowly when you wake up.

Do Specific Exercises

You can find many simple movement exercises that help end an episode or prevent future problems. 

Now that we’ve dug into those symptoms and how to avoid them, let’s talk again about eliminating specific triggers in your home. Specifically, mold. After all, finding and removing a mold infestation helps with more than just vertigo.

Related: Indoor Air Toxins And Their Symptoms

More Signs Of Mold In Your Home

Identifying a mold problem from physical symptoms is tricky because those symptoms mimic other medical issues. So, here are more things to look for:

Related: Healthy Air At Home Is Crucial For People With Asthma

Damp, Musty Smells

Damp, musty smells indicate a good breeding ground for mold (spores need dark, moist, and warm places to grow). And, the must smell on floors and walls can mean there’s already a problem.

Spots On Walls, Furniture And Clothing

Mold growth can take the form of fluffy or slimy spots that are black or white. You can find them on surfaces all over your home, and even shirts and other clothing items.

Warping Walls

Bulges, peeling wall/paper, and other signs that look like water damage may also be caused by mold growth behind the walls. At the same time, there may be a hidden leak that’s contributing to mold.

Ductless Mini Splits And Mold

Now, we need to address a source of mold and spores buildup that’s becoming more and more common in Idaho: Ductless mini splits in homes and businesses.

For the most part, these heating and cooling systems are excellent: THey provide exceptional comfort while using very little energy. But, the downside is that they are prime breeding grounds for microbial contaminants. And, they’re very tough to clean.

Remember how we mentioned that spores require dark, moist, warm places to grow? Well, you just described the inside of an air handler.

Warm air enters the system, and there’s no light in there. As the unit cools the air, water vapor condenses back into liquid. Most of it drains out from the unit, but there’s still some left in there.

The result? Mold growth that ends up looking like this:

A Ductless System Can Get Moldy If Not Taken Care Of

So, how do you get rid of it? 

As we said, it’s not easy — even for a professional HVAC tech. They’d have to take apart each unit in your home and scrub each one manually. That’s incredibly time-consuming when you have to get in between each of the small ridges on that coil we showed you there. 

That makes it very expensive and not consistently effective. Meanwhile, all that junk you see on the coil makes its way back into the air you breathe every day. 

Related: How Often Should A Mini Split Be Cleaned?

Fortunately, there’s a better solution out there: Hydrokleen’s world-renowned heat pump and mini split cleaning process. 

Our parent company, HydroKleen Global, spent more than ten years developing and improving the tools, processes, and nontoxic cleaners necessary to flush out all the dirt, toxins, and microbial contaminants from a mini split system in one quick visit. 

You can read more about our process in our Learning Library. But the long and short of it is: We’ll show you the progress we’re making during our visit so you can see what’s happening. And, we guarantee it improves your system’s performance and makes the air you breathe feel cleaner. 

If not, the cleaning is free. 

Mini Split And Heat Pump Cleaning In McCall, ID

HydroKleen208 provides world-renowned mini split and heat pump cleanings to homes and businesses from McCall, ID down through Boise. Our process eradicates mold, bacteria, and other microbial contaminants that make you feel sick at home. Call (208) 779-5596 with questions or to schedule an appointment.