If there is dust, mildew or mold present -- even in small quantities -- they may feel sick or have their allergies triggered more often. If the house generally has poor circulation, these contaminants can build up and sometimes cause healthy people to feel sick.... read more ›
Mold that finds a way into your home can cause such symptoms as throat irritation, wheezing, and congestion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Living with a moldy air conditioner “would increase your chances of having a respiratory infection,” says Mark Mendell, Ph.... continue reading ›
If there's enough mold in or around the vents, it can spread in the air, causing allergy like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, irritated nose and throat, and itchy eyes.... view details ›
Use an EPA registered disinfectant labeled for HVAC use to clean non-porous surfaces (Ductwork, coils, plenums, pans, etc) of mold, mildew, and other dirt. BIOSPRAY-TOWER ready-to-use disinfectant and mold cleaner will kill and remove mold, mildew, and odor-causing bacteria.... see more ›
In homes with dirty air ducts, occupants may experience symptoms that are similar to the symptoms of allergies, including coughing, sneezing, and runny nose. Mold, dust and other contaminants lurking in your ducts could also cause sore throat, headaches and even dizziness.... see more ›
- skin irritation.
- sporotrichosis, a skin infection that starts out as a small pink, red, or purple bump on the skin.
- itchy, red eyes.
- runny or stuffy nose.
- postnasal drip.
- asthmatic symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest.
These symptoms usually first appear 2 to 9 hours after exposure and last for 1 to 3 days. Other affected persons have progressive shortness of breath and cough, as well as weight loss. Work-relatedness may only become apparent over long holidays if symptoms resolve and then recur on return to work.... see more ›
If there is mold in your ducts, the air flowing through the ducts may loosen the spores and push them around your vents. If you look at your vents and see black, green, brown, or yellow growth, it may be mold.... see more ›
Moreover, there is no evidence that a light amount of household dust or other particulate matter in air ducts poses any risk to health. EPA does not recommend that air ducts be cleaned except on an as-needed basis because of the continuing uncertainty about the benefits of duct cleaning under most circumstances.... view details ›
Just like any other HVAC system, air ducts require regular maintenance to ensure maximum efficiency. As a general rule of thumb, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommends air duct cleaning every 3 to 5 years. With certain methods, that cleaning recommendation can be extended to 6 to 8 years.... read more ›
In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency states the “EPA does not recommend that air ducts be cleaned except on an as-needed basis because of the continuing uncertainty about the benefits of duct cleaning under most circumstances.”... continue reading ›
A blood test, sometimes called the radioallergosorbent test, can measure your immune system's response to mold by measuring the amount of certain antibodies in your bloodstream known as immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies.... view details ›
Respiratory symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, watery eyes, and skin irritation are the predominant symptoms. Mold is also known to cause asthma and life-threatening primary and secondary infections in immune-compromised patients that have been exposed.... see more ›
A solution of warm, distilled water and saline can also help rinse your nasal passages of mold spores and remove congestion. OTC medications. Antihistamines, like cetirizine (Zyrtec) or loratadine (Claritin), reduce your immune system response, minimizing airway inflammation.... see more ›
- Respiratory Symptoms – congestion, aggravated asthma or allergies, sinus infections.
- Cognitive Issues – foggy thinking, sleep disturbance, frequent headaches.
- Emotional Changes – feeling agitated or depressed.
- Physical Symptoms – stomach discomfort, muscle aches, fatigue, rashes, sore throat.
It's also possible for mold to form a ball in your lungs. This condition is called aspergilloma when caused by an Aspergillus mold. The ball most often stays in your lungs but can lead to tissue damage. Symptoms commonly include shortness of breath, cough, or coughing up blood.... see details ›
Air duct cleaning will not only get rid of dirt, dust and other particles, but it will also get rid of mold. Mold can be quite detrimental to human health. These spores can easily cause various symptoms to emerge, and they can cause someone who is immunocompromised to become more ill.... continue reading ›
A solution of warm, distilled water and saline can also help rinse your nasal passages of mold spores and remove congestion. OTC medications. Antihistamines, like cetirizine (Zyrtec) or loratadine (Claritin), reduce your immune system response, minimizing airway inflammation.... continue reading ›
Fill a plastic bucket with a few gallons of hot water and about 1/2 cup of household bleach. Saturate a scrubbing sponge in the bleach solution and use it to wipe the inside surfaces of the AC unit, removing all traces of visible mold. The bleach will kill residual mold spores.... view details ›
A powerful ammonia odor means there might be mold flourishing inside your air conditioner or ductwork.... view details ›