Mold is a serious threat, especially during the summertime when warmer temperatures and humid days create the perfect environment for mold to develop. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 300,000 types of molds that can be found in virtually every environment, but these fungi thrive in warm and humid conditions. We spoke to Dr. William J. Rea, a specialist on mold exposure from the Environmental Health Center in Dallas, and he informed us just how dangerous mold can be.
Not only can mold grow, but your ventilation system can spread the deadly spores around your home in a matter of seconds. Air ducting isn’t a common place for homeowners to inspect, which may make it the most dangerous. It’s in the ceilings, it’s in the walls, and isn’t obvious like the mold you might find in a shower or sink. If you do discover mold in your air ducting, there are only two solutions.
1. Air Duct Cleaning: This process involves a chemical process to clean your air ducts that must be carried out by a state licensed mold remediation contractor.
2. Air Duct Replacement: Instead of introducing harsh cleaning chemicals to your home, you can replace the air ducting all together. This process must also be carried out by a state licensed mold remediation contractor.
These solutions are often chosen after mold has already affected a person’s health and been discovered, but neither can prevent mold from reoccurring. If your HVAC system has developed mold in the past, it is likely to resurface. We realized this was an unanswered issue in early 2001 and teamed up with Agion®, an international leader in antimicrobial products to create a solution to the scary realities of mold exposure – and AMBlue II was born. AMBlue II is an antimicrobial flexible air duct constructed with a distinctive inner core treated with natural silver to resist microbial growth. There is only one proactive solution on the market and that’s installing antimicrobial air ducting before mold develops. Naturally, it’s hard to prevent mildew or mold growing anywhere. You have to control the environment and you have to control the humidity, so in HVAC application, you need materials that have antimicrobial technology to truly prevent growing. Read about John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab decision to remodel and install JPL’s AMBlue II antimicrobial flex duct. If you’re a homeowner or business owner who is concerned about their indoor air quality and looking for a smart solution – ask your contractor about AMBlue II! As Seen On…