San Francisco HVAC Company | The Dangers of Black Mold


Black mold is a slimy, dark green fungus which has been associated with major health problems including respiratory bleeding resulting in infant deaths. It can also be responsible for many other illnesses including asthma and bronchitis.

Practically every home has some form of mold growing inside it. Unseen mold spores are drifting through the air, both inside and outside, seeking a moist place to land and multiply. Add to the fact that San Francisco is surrounded by water, and you’ve got more than a few naturally moist homes. Now we’ve got a problem.

Despite the fact that not all mold is harmful, it’s hard to differentiate between the hazardous and harmless types of mold without lab testing. For this reason it is important to deal with all molds as if they were potentially toxic.

Your heater is an ideal environment for mold to grow and spread in. As the collection point for air that is recirculated into your home, it’s also the perfect spot to set up an air purifying system to deal with unhealthy amounts of indoor air contaminants which include mold, fungus, viruses and bacteria.

How do you solve the problems that can lead to mold-related issues?

In the “outside” world, mold spores are taken care of by ultraviolet light produced from the sun. However, because ultraviolet light isn’t normally found indoors, mold can thrive…unless you bring in ultraviolet light of course! We would suggest setting up an ultraviolet germicidal light alongside your existing HVAC system to kill and manage the live mold spores. Used in conjunction with a very effective filter, you’ll be able to get rid of about 97% of most particles, including mold spores. These particular types of filters use an electromagnetic field to magnetically attract both air particles and fibers in the disposable fabric of the filter. This produces a type of protective field inside your heating ductwork, enabling the filtration system to trap a number of the tiniest, most dangerous to breathe toxic airborne particles. This isn’t just a room filter or ion box. It’s an air purification system designed for the entire house that is installed within the air ducts of your home’s heating and air conditioning system.

While you take into account what’s best for your circumstances, it is important to keep in mind that many people have a heightened sensitivity to black mold. Those in your family who are afflicted by allergies, respiratory illness or other types of immune suppressing disease are at greater risk. Scheduling an annual HVAC maintenance visit can help prevent these toxic contaminants from affecting your home and family.

The experts at Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning can help you reduce pollutants in your home. To schedule a visit, please contact your local San Francisco HVAC Company, Ortiz Heating & AC at 650.758.4900.

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