How to clean mold from your window air conditioner safely

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Seeing mould in your home can come as a shock and your first instinct will be to figure out how to remove it from your home. Mould not only looks bad, it can compromise our home and our health. Long-term exposure to mould actually end up causing serious health problems for you and your family. Mould can easily grow anywhere where there is too much moisture or dampness. Some of the most common places to find mould are in your bathroom, attic and basement, but you can find it pretty much anywhere there is too much humidity or moisture. One of the places you might not expect to find mould is in your air conditioner. This is not healthy because the air flowing through your air conditioner will end up blowing the mould spores into your home which will cause them to spread throughout your house. If you notice a musty odour when you're running your air conditioner that is a sure sign, there could be mould growing in it. Don't worry; there are som easy cleaning tips you can use to clean your air conditioner and remove all of the mould from it.

Whenever you're cleaning mould, be sure to protect yourself so you don't get any of the mould spores in your eyes, nose, mouth or on your skin. So wear protective eyewear, a face mask, and gloves while you're cleaning it up. You will also need some cleaning supplies including some laundry detergent, bleach, mild dish soap, a bucket, cloths, a scrub brush, a screwdriver and a vacuum cleaner with attachments. Make sure you also do this cleaning process in a well-ventilated area or outside if you can. Also be sure that the air conditioner is turned off and unplugged the unit from the wall.

Next, just remove the front grill from the air conditioner. Use your screwdriver to remove any screws that need to come out in order to take it off. Then, remove the filter and replace it if it's a replaceable one or wash it if it's a washable one. You can simply wash it with laundry detergent in hot water in your sink allowing the filter to soak in the water and soap for 15 minutes. Then, just scrub the filter and rinse it and let it dry.

Then, you're going to remove the piece that's behind the filter and use your vacuum and attachments to vacuum up any dust and mould. Then, make your cleaning solution in a bucket. Use a half a cup of bleach, 1 tablespoon of mild dish soap, and 3 gallons hot water. Then, use a cloth to dip into the cleaner and wring out until damp. Clean the mouldy surface with the cloth and let the solution sit on the mould for at least 15 minutes to kill the mould. Let everything dry completely before reassembling it and using it as usual. HVAC even has a full printable PDF that you can download and print out, so you have it handy while you are cleaning the mould up. If you don't want to use the chemical cleaners, you can also use natural cleaners like white vinegar and baking soda. You can use plain vinegar on the mould to kill it and clean it off of any surface. You can also make a spray with some baking soda dissolved in water to use when cleaning your air conditioning unit. If you have mould growing on your window sills, you can use these same cleaning tips as well. In fact, these cleaning tips can be used on any mould in your home.***

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