HVAC systems are heavy-duty equipment that can take the strain of daily usage. However, they are still susceptible to different issues, like mechanical or electrical problems. Furthermore, these systems can also pose health risks through biofilm growth in their components.
In this post, air conditioning replacement expert Air Products & Services shares more information about HVAC biofilms.
What Are Biofilms?
Biofilms are a colony of microorganisms that formed through the combination of moisture and particles in the air. They typically appear as a thin, slippery, slime-like layer on surfaces and are composed of different microorganisms, like bacteria, fungi, protists, and algae. They are commonly found in humid and wet areas and can form on both organic and non-organic surfaces.
What Threats Do They Pose?
Biofilms form on all types of surfaces, including your HVAC system. Since your HVAC equipment usually has moist parts, like the condensate pan and coils, biofilms can easily thrive in these places. And if they propagate enough, they can pose a threat to your health. Biofilms spread through the dispersion of their genetic materials, allowing them to form colonies on other surfaces. The dispersed cells carry lots of allergens and microorganisms, and your HVAC system can put you at risk if the unit blows contaminated air into your living spaces. Call an AC repair expert if you suspect there is biofilm in your HVAC system.
How Do I Deal With Biofilms?
There are different ways to deal with these growths. For example, installing anti-bacterial filters and UV lights can inhibit their growth. But the best way to prevent them from forming or re-occurring is to regularly inspect and clean your ducts and HVAC system.
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