Window air conditioners provide climate control to a single room within a house or apartment. However, due to humidity and the fact that their interiors provide a dim, cool environment, mold can begin to grow within your window air conditioning unit over time. This can cause a number of health problems, and aggravate respiratory conditions like asthma and allergies. Thankfully, there are a couple of things that you can do to prevent the growth of mold within your window air conditioner unit.
Making sure that your window air conditioner is running fairly regularly ensures that it receives a proper amount of ventilation. If you leave your air conditioner off, especially for more than a day, humidity can begin to build within the unit and your home, leading to mold growth. In order to prevent this, you should always have your air conditioner left on the “auto” mode, even if you’re not at home, as this will allow air to flow through the unit and prevent mold from taking root.
It’s a good idea every few months (or more often, depending on your climate and usage), to open up your window air conditioning unit and wipe down the surfaces inside. Simply unscrew the screen on the inside of the unit, and use a paper towel with a commercial cleaner or warm water and soap to wipe away any dirt or signs of mold growth to prevent an infestation from developing.
Another key way of preventing mold from growing in your window air conditioner is the regular removal of dust, both from the unit and from your home. Dust acts as organic matter which promotes the growth of mold. Make sure to regularly vacuum your home, and clean out the air filter within your air conditioner to ensure that dust does not build up within your unit. You can clean out the air filter by sliding it out of the casing, which is usually clearly marked on your unit and requires no special tools to remove.
Reduce the Humidity
The last, and perhaps most important thing that you can do to reduce the chances of mold growth within your window air conditioner, is to reduce the humidity within your home. You can do this in several ways: by opening the windows to allow more ventilation into your home, by turning on your moisture control setting on your air conditioning unit, or by installing a portable dehumidifier within your home to reduce the overall amount of moisture in the air.
For more information, contact a business such as Allied Mechanical & Electrical, Inc.