Five Common Signs Of A Mold Problem In Your Home (And More)

Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem? Here’s What You Want To Look For

Five Common Signs Of A Mold Problem In Your Home (And More)Sure, everyone knows the clear signs of a severe mold problem at home: Big, ugly splotches, usually dark green or black, on a wall. Maybe it’s in the basement, or even upstairs if you’ve dealt with a leak.

But, that’s not the first sign of an issue. Far from it.

Mold tends to grow in out-of-the-way places, especially where there’s no light. So, you’re probably not going to notice a colony of spores right away when it’s growing behind the drywall or in a storage box.

In fact, by the time you do notice those significant visual signs, the problem’s already out of hand.

Instead, you need to keep an eye (and your other senses) out for those smaller and sometimes subtle clues that mold is growing in your home.

It can happen in any house, but homes that use mini split heating and cooling are even more at risk than others.

We’ll talk more about that a little later in this article. But first, we’re going through the common signs of mold in your home and some of the physical symptoms and health problems you can experience.

If you catch the problem fast enough, it’s possible to get rid of it on your own. And, with some extra care in the future, you’ll prevent it from coming back.

Five Telltale Signs Of A Mold Problem At Home

By the time you see mold growing on a wall or on furniture in your home,it’s already become widespread. Instead, look for these other telltale signs to catch a mold problem early on:

  1. Stale, Rotten Smell
  2. HVAC Smells
  3. Spots On Clothing
  4. Warped Walls
  5. Black Spots

Related: What Is The Best Temperature To Prevent Mold From Growing At Home?

Stale, Rotten Smell

Why Does My Mini-Split Smell Like Cheese Or Dirty Socks?You can’t see mold growing behind your walls or inside your HVAC system, but you’ll be able to smell it. Spores in the air will have a stale, rotten smell to them.

HVAC Smells

When it comes to heating and cooling, the odor caused by a mold colony has a specific name: Dirty Sock Syndrome.

That refers to the stale, cheesy smell you notice when your system circulates mold spores through the house. Check to see if the odor is more pungent around vents or near the air handlers of a ductless system.

Read More: Why Does My Mini Split Smell Like Cheese Or Dirty Socks?

Spots On Clothing

Mold can also grow on clothes, and you can spot it by watching for white or brown splotches on fabric that are squishy or fuzzy. It’s especially a problem if your clothes are still damp once they’re done in the dryer. Or if they’re tucked away in a box or drawer for a long time in a humid environment.

Warped Walls

Drywall is almost always used for interior walls in homes, and they’re porous. As a result, mold growing inside the wall will warp both sides of the drywall. So, even if the infestation is growing where you can’t see it, you’ll notice bulging and disfiguration on the side of the wall you can see.

Similarly, you may also notice bubbling and warping wallpaper.

Related: How Long Does Mold Remediation Take?

Black Spots

Once you start noticing black spots on a wall, particularly near the ceiling or in a corner, you know you’ve got a mold problem quickly getting out of hand.

It’s easiest to spot on finished walls because it stands out against the paint. But, spots on the walls or floor of a dark, unfinished basement can blend in more easily with stonework and mortar.

Four Physical Symptoms Of Mold Exposure At Home

Exposure to excess mold in your home will start to cause health problems including:

  1. Allergy Symptoms
  2. Trouble Breathing
  3. Rashes And Blemishes
  4. Sinus Headaches

Allergy Symptoms

Mold Can Cause Breathing Problems And IrritationsPeople with a mold allergy will respond to spores the same way people with seasonal allergies respond to pollen: Their immune system overreacts, and they experience runny noses, itchy eyes, a cough, and throat irritation.

Trouble Breathing

Breathing in a foreign and potentially toxic substance like mold spores can make you nauseous and trigger asthma attacks. Anyone with a respiratory problem such as COPD is also more vulnerable to difficulty breathing due to mold exposure.

Rashes And Blemishes

A rash from mold looks like any other rash triggered by an allergic reaction. So, you’ll want to look for some of the other signs we discussed. But, the brown or pink blemishes are often itchy with small raised bumps. And, they can make your skin dry, scaly, and sensitive to the touch.

Sinus Headaches

Headaches and sinus problems are common with mold exposure or being allergic to it. The problem is twofold: Inflammation from the allergic reaction, plus irritation of your respiratory system both contribute to sinusitis and related problems.

Related: Can Mold Cause Vertigo?

How Long Do Mold Spores Live?

Mold spores live for centuries as long as there’s organic matter for food plus a suitable place to cultivate. Mold spores on clothes usually live for a day or two. But, they’ll keep multiplying and form a colony that keeps growing if the conditions are right in your home.

Mold Spores And Ductless Mini Splits

Over the last ten years, we’ve discovered that ductless mini splits — particularly the air handlers — are prime breeding grounds for mold. These units trap bacteria and other organic matter, which serves as food.

Plus, they’re dark, warm, and damp — the perfect environment for a colony to thrive.

And, to make things worse, those spores spread through the air you breathe every time the system starts blowing warmed or cooled air back into the room.

Related: How Often Should A Mini Split Be Cleaned?

For example, here’s a photo of an air handler we started cleaning. You can see the side of the coil we’ve treated versus the side we didn’t get to yet:

You Can See How Dirty A Mini Split System Can Get

If you’ve had your mini split for more than a year, you should consider a deep cleaning. That’s especially so if you’re also noticing signs and symptoms of mold exposure in your Treasure Valley Home. If you want to schedule a cleaning, or just ask some questions to learn more about it, call HydroKleen208 at (208) 779-5596. We service the Boise Metro area along with Kuna, Cascade, and McCall, ID up in Valley County. 


Studies Show Mold Can Contribute To Depression And Anxiety

Studies Show Mold Exposure Can Contribute To Depression And Anxiety

Studies Show Mold Can Contribute To Depression And AnxietyWhen most people think of getting sick from mold exposure, they think about feeling nauseous or generally ill. Maybe trouble breathing or allergy symptoms.

They should also consider psychological problems like difficulty concentrating, anxiety, and even depression.

We’ve seen more and more studies showing the full range of adverse effects of mold exposure. The phrase “mold toxicity” comes up more and more, and it encompasses a wide range of physical, psychological, and neurological symptoms

At the same time, there’s no clear consensus from the medical community on mold toxicity. Some experts say the facts prove it’s real. Others say it’s at worst an exaggeration. Or, at best (so to speak), really symptoms of various other mold- and indoor air quality-related issues.

Call it whatever you want. The bottom line is that the research shows links between prolonged exposure to mold and depression or anxiety. And that’s what we’re focussing on in this article. 

We’ll explore each connection and examine the distinction between mold exposure and being allergic to it. 

Finally, we’ll mention your heating and cooling system’s role, particularly if you have a mini split at home.

Can Mold Cause Depression?

A groundbreaking 2007 study from Brown University gives us the clearest links between mold and depression. Their research, published in the American Journal of Public Health, studied and verified what were previously anecdotal correlations between mold-related illnesses and damp, moldy homes.  The results didn’t point to a silver bullet here: It’s not like mold spores in the body directly caused depression the way exposure to a flu virus gives you influenza However, there is a physical component here: Mold exposure can trigger health problems, including asthma attacks, nausea, diarrhea, and headaches. Those “poor physical outcomes,” the theory says, are often associated with the onset of depression.  Related: Can Mold Make You Tired? Then, there are psychological factors. The study notes that “Housing is inextricably linked to one’s perception of control.”  In other words, feeling like you can’t control the condition of the place you live can result in emotional distress and depression.   Related: Healthy Indoor Air Quality Is Crucial For People With Asthma These conditions don’t lead to depression for everyone, of course. But anyone with a history of mental health problems or poor physical health is more likely to experience mental health issues due to mold exposure.

Can Mold Cause Anxiety?

The Brown studies also showed relations between mold exposure and anxiety. The triggers are mostly the same: lack of control over living conditions and poor physical health can trigger anxiety. And anxiety and depression aren’t the only symptoms associated with mold exposure and mold toxicity.

According to Psychology Today, people also suffer from “brain fog” or difficulty concentrating and insomnia. 

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

Mold Toxicity Vs. Mold Allergy

Mold Can Cause Breathing Problems And IrritationsThere’s a difference between mold toxicity and having a mold allergy, and it’s worth noting. In a nutshell, allergy symptoms are acute and alleviate quickly once you’re no longer exposed to the spores. Toxicity symptoms become chronic and are often the result of long-term exposure.

A mold allergy works the way seasonal allergies do: The immune systems in people who are allergic to mold overreacts to exposure. The results are symptoms like itchy eyes, coughs, throat irritation, and a runny nose.

But, those symptoms clear up quickly once the person is no longer round mold spores — the same way a person with a cat or pollen allergy will feel better once they’re not near any felines or pollen.

But, mold toxicity symptoms will not disappear once you’re no longer exposed to spores. They’re not necessarily permanent, but they are chronic and will take more work to treat and eliminate.

Related: 10 Early Warning Signs Of Mold Toxicity

Mold Risks In Homes With Ductless Mini Splits

We’re talking about mold, anxiety, and depression here because we’re all too familiar with how these relate to homes and businesses that use ductless mini splits for heating and cooling.

These systems are great for comfort and energy efficiency. But, they’re also especially prone to mold infestations and exposing people to mold spores in the air.

The dark, damp, and warm conditions inside air handlers make it easy for mold spores to cultivate into colonies quickly. Then, those tiny spores get blown back out of the system and into the air you breathe.

Related: How Mold In Your HVAC System Causes Biotoxin Illness

At the same, it’s difficult to clean out these systems. Until recently, the only way to do it is to have a professional take apart every handler and manually scrub every component and surface by hand, 

It would take hours and hours, making it extremely expensive. And, even then, there’d be no guarantee it would work. 

That’s why HydroKleen208 uses customized tools and non-toxic cleaners designed to eradicate all the junk that builds up in a mini split with a single, quick visit. 

Here’s an example of the difference we can make. We took the photo below at a recent cleaning. We cleaned off half of the coil but left the other side dirty so the homeowner could see our progress. 

You can see for yourself just how much dirt, mold, and microbial contamination builds up inside the system — and how well we can get rid of it: 

You Can See How Dirty A Mini Split System Can Get

If you’ve had a mini split in your Treasure Valley home for more than a year, then it’s time to consider a deep cleaning. It improves your indoor air quality (which keeps you healthy), helps the system run better (meaning better comfort), and increases its efficiency (reducing your electric bill). 

Related: How Often Should A Mini Split Be Cleaned?

If you’re in Boise Metro or Valley County, give us a call at (208) 779-5596 or click below to reach us at HydroKleen208. You can schedule a mini split and heat pump cleaning or just ask some questions about our service or hour home’s indoor air quality in general.

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.

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

What Is The Best Temperature To Prevent Mold From Growing At Home?

What Is The Best Temperature To Prevent Mold In My Home?The ideal temperature range for mold to grow in your home is 77 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping the house cooler than that prevents growth. But, temperature is only one factor in spores or other organic toxins cultivating.

Related: How Mold In Ductless Mini Splits Causes Biotoxin Illness

Mold, in particular, requires dark places and moisture to grow. That means humidity plays a vital role in your home. And, warm air is always more humid than cold air. That means the summer is when a mold problem is most likely to take hold: 

What’s more, a mold problem won’t go away when the weather cools off. A large infestation continues growing year-round. And, over time, you’ll notice physical symptoms from constant exposure. 

Related: Mold Toxicity & Physical Symptoms

However, the good news is that there are plenty of ways to prevent this problem and related health issues in your home. Your air conditioner, particularly a ductless mini split, can play a crucial role in preventing it. In this article, you’ll learn how — along with some other non-HVAC-related tips.

At the same time, however, mini splits are often responsible for mold problems in homes and businesses — something to watch for. 

We’ll address that problem later in this article. But, if you have any questions about the indoor air quality or ductless system in your Treasure Valley home or business, call us at (208) 779-5596. You don’t need to make an appointment or anything to get more information. 

Recommended Air Conditioner Setting For Preventing Mold

Keeping the air conditioner set at 78 degrees or lower prevents mold buildup in the summer. Even when leaving for a few days or vacation, don’t set it above 80. A higher setting won’t provide enough dehumidification from the cooling process to prevent spores from growing.

This may be tricky for people who like to set the AC high to save money. But, you can take some extra steps that we’ll outline below.

Mold And Home Humidity

Proper Humidity Is Important To Stopping Mold GrowthIn general, the sweet spot for relative humidity in a home is between 30 and 60. No higher than 50 is ideal. That’s the range where mold won’t grow quickly. It also makes your home less attractive to cockroaches and other insects.

However, going below 30 percent can cause problems, including dry or cracking skin and nosebleeds. Air that’s too dry also dries out wood, which can damage flooring, furniture, or musical instruments.

Most smart thermostats also give you humidity readings. Or, you can buy humidistats for readings in different parts of your home.

Related: Can Mold Grow Without Moisture?

Controlling Humidity In Your Home

You can set your forced-air system to “Fan Only” if you don’t want to run your AC too much. That setting circulates air without heating or cooling it, so it doesn’t use as much energy. But, it gets rid of standing water in the system.

Also, avoid long showers and use exhaust fans during cooking. That gets rid of a lot of steam that will condense into water and stay in your home.

Room dehumidifiers are inexpensive and especially useful for basements or other areas of your home that get damp. Or, invest in a whole-home unit that works through your furnace or central air.

Finally, get rid of clutter: piles of stuff can become breeding grounds for mold, especially if they’re near a vent or blocking air from it. And, always drain standing water and dry the area around it.

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

Mold And Your Ductless Mini Split

Mini splits are much more prone to mold buildup than conventional systems. The problem is that the air handlers are warm from the heat transferring from the air to the refrigerant and from all the electronics.

And, there’s a lot of moisture inside them: As water vapor condenses to liquid, not all of it drains out.

The result is a lot of buildup, particularly behind the barrel fans and on the condenser coil. And you don’t get the same kind of airflow as forced-air systems with ducts and vents. So, water is more likely to pool.

People with ductless systems often complain of “stale air,” allergy symptoms, or skin irritation. All the microbial contaminants and biotoxins building up in the unit circulate through the air you breathe when the air handler is running.

For instance, this picture is a perfect example of what we find when we open an air handler:

A Ductless System Can Get Moldy If Not Taken Care Of

How To Clean Mold Out Of Your Mini Split

The best way to clean mold out of your mini split is with a professional deep cleaning. In particular, HydroKleen uses specialized tools and non-toxic cleaners to flush mold spores, bacteria, and all sorts of pollutants out of every nook and cranny in your heat pumps and air handlers.

Related: What To Expect With A HydroKleen208 Cleaning

You can prevent buildup by cleaning each air handler’s filter once a month. Getting rid of that dirt improves airflow and prevents mold growth. And a professional HVAC tune-up twice a year keeps things running smoothly all around. 

But, neither of those takes the place of professional deep cleaning. That’s the only way to sanitize the entire system without spending a lot more money to have someone take apart the whole system and individually scrub each component.

Related: How Often Should A Mini Split Be Cleaned?

Mini Split And Heat Pump Cleaning In Caldwell, ID

HydroKleen208 guarantees the best, most effective mini split and heart pump cleaning in Caldwell, ID and across the Treasure Valley. If you’re not satisfied, the cleaning is free, and we’ll pay for a competitor to come out next. Call us at (208) 779-5596 or click below for a free consultation or to schedule your cleaning.

How To Heal Your Body From Mold Toxicity Or Mold Exposure

How To Heal Your Body From Mold Toxicity Or Mold Exposure

How To Heal Your Body From Mold Toxicity Or Mold ExposureThe effects of mold exposure or mold toxicity range from mild physical ailments to possibly even serious neurological issues. So, as you take steps to remove mold from your home, it’s also important to focus on healing the damage your body has taken as a result of exposure.

In this article, we’ll clear the air about the different types of health issues that stem from mold in your home. Then, we’ll look at recovering your health and how to prevent it from happening again.

Related: X early warning signs of mold toxicity

Now, you may be wondering why an HVAC cleaning service is writing about a health-related topic. The reason is simple: It turns out that mini split systems are excellent breeding grounds for mold and other biotoxins.

We find anything from traces of mold to full-blown infestations in the ductless air handlers we service. Those mold spores circulate through your home and affect your health.

We’ll get into that later in the article. For now, you can call us at (208) 779-5596 with any questions about the mini split in your Boise Metro or Treasure Valley home.

Mold And Your Health: Four Terms To Know

There’s a lot of confusion — and some controversy — about the effects mold can have on your health. So, we want to start by distinguishing four terms when it comes to hold and your body. Each of these are a different topic:
  1. Mold Exposure
  2. Mold Allergy
  3. Mold Infection
  4. Mold Toxicity

Mold Exposure

Mold exposure is simply being around mold spores, usually in dark or damp places. If you’re allergic to mold, you’ll notice symptoms. Exposure itself isn’t necessarily harmful — after all, mold isn’t always necessarily toxic. But, being around it too long and breathing it in all the time can lead to health problems

Related: Indoor AIr Toxins (And Their Symptoms) In Boise Metro And Valley County Homes

Mold Allergy

A mold allergy is when your immune system overreacts to the presence of mold spores in your body. Symptoms include itching and skin irritations, runny nose, coughing, and watery eyes. It can also cause restricted breathing and trigger asthma attacks.

Related: Excellent Indoor Air Quality At Home Is Crucial For People With Asthma

Mold Infection

Mold infection is caused by exposure to Aspergillus, a specific type of mold that harms people with weakened immune systems. Along with allergy symptoms, people with other medical conditions experience coughing, coughing up blood, fever, chest pains, and shortness of breath. 

Mold Toxicity

Mold toxicity is a variety of physical and neurological symptoms from prolonged exposure to mold spores. Along with allergy-like symptoms, people report vertigo, tinnitus, digestive issues, fatigue, memory issues, and disorientation. 

Mold toxicity is a controversial diagnosis. Parts of the medical community say it’s allergies or the more generalized “Sick Building Syndrome.”

Recovering From Mold-Related Illness

Most symptoms and illnesses are treatable with simple remedies and easy-to-follow practices. Of course, we can’t diagnose you or promise these will work. But, here’s an idea of what it takes to recover from mold-related illnesses:

  1. Consult Your Doctor
  2. Remove Mold From Your Home
  3. Over-The-Counter Medications
  4. Eat A Healthy Diet

Consult Your Doctor

Your first step toward treating any mold-related illness is to consult your doctor. They often start with antihistamines, decongestants, medications to combat inflammation and sinus problems, or inhalers to address breathing issues.

Over-The-Counter Medications

You can combat allergy-like symptoms the same as you would seasonal allergies with over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants, and skin treatments for rashes.

Eat A Healthy Diet

Eating well helps your body’s immune system fight off infections. Avoid processed food or items with a lot of sugar. Focus on non-sugary foods, focus on non-starchy vegetables and low-sugar fruit. 

Stay away from foods that often contain fungi or mold; These include mushrooms, cheese, meat or fish, soy sauce, vinegar, salad dressing, or ketchup. And avoid leftovers left around for more than a day.

Remove Mold From Your Home

One of the most important ways to avoid a relapse or new infection is getting rid of mold in your home. This often involves mold remediation from a certified, professional mold removal company.

Related: How Long Does Mold Remediation Take?

Preventing Mold Buildup In Your Home

The best way to avoid mold-related illnesses is to prevent mold buildup in your home. You can do that by:

  • Controlling Humidity
  • Using Exhaust Fans
  • Replacing Soaked Upholstery Or Carpets
  • Keeping Your HVAC System Clean

Control Humidity

Keep your home’s relative humidity between 30 and 60 percent. This is most challenging in the summer. Your mini split or central air acts as a dehumidifier, and you can add room dehumidifiers or whole-home units.

Use Exhaust Fans

Along with getting rid of bathroom and cooking smells, exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen remove excess moisture in the form of steam from showers and cooking.

Replace Soaked Upholstery Or Carpets

Don’t just dry out carpets or upholstery that becomes soaked. Even if it doesn’t feel wet, that dampness is enough for mold spores to take hold. Get rid of these items altogether.

Keep Your HVAC System Clean

Mold cultivates incredibly well in the air handlers for ductless mini splits. The insides are the perfect combination of dark, warm from hot air passing through, and damp from water condensing during the cooling process.

It’s common to open a unit and find microbial buildup on the coil that’s this severe:

A Ductless System Can Get Moldy If Not Taken Care Of

A professional deep cleaning flushes out these toxins. It’s essential to get this done because mold spores and other contaminants spread through the air you breathe when the system is running. 

Related: How Often Should A Mini Split Be Cleaned? 

Mini Split Cleaning In Donnelley, ID

HydroKleen208 guarantees the most effective mini split cleaning for your home or business in Donnelly, ID or anywhere in Valley County or Boise Metro. Our process and non-toxic cleaning agents flush out all mold spores and other contaminants from your ductless system. To learn more or schedule a cleaning, call us at (208) 779-5596.