Biofilm is basically just slime. Any group of microorganisms in which cells stick to each other and adhere to a surface is called biofilm. It can become a huge problem when it starts forming on mechanical systems, such as your HVAC system. To give you a clearer idea of what biofilm is (and how you can deal with it), the premier HVAC and indoor air quality expert, The Ice-Man, shares a quick overview here.
More About Biofilm
The fact is that biofilm can develop anywhere that it’s warm and moist. Other than in nature, it’s prevalent in hospitals and industrial areas. When certain conditions are present, it can also occur in homes, particularly on non-living surfaces such as your heating and cooling system. And while biofilm starts out invisible to the naked eye, with enough time and growth, it will turn into slime. Biofilm usually forms along the condensate pans and air conditioning coils of your HVAC unit, reducing heat transfer while increasing surface erosion. But no worries–there are ways to mitigate its growth.
How to Get Rid of Biofilm on HVAC Equipment
Here’s another fact about biofilm–it can disperse infectious airborne particles throughout your HVAC system, which will soon find their way into your living spaces unless dealt with promptly. For this reason, you need to get rid of biofilm as quickly as possible. You can attack it using detergents, or use UV lighting as a reactive measure. But the most effective way to keep it at bay is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. A trusted heating and cooling services expert like The Ice-Man can help with this.
Keeping Biofilm Out of Your HVAC System
Preventive maintenance is truly the best solution. The Ice-Man can schedule regular HVAC inspections and cleanups with you to get ahead of any possible issues, including the formation of biofilm. This way, your heating and cooling system can continue delivering the superior performance you’ve come to expect. Plus, it will help you keep your home safer and healthier because there will be less chance of airborne particles from biofilm ending up inside your living spaces.
Schedule Your HVAC Consultation
From high-quality products like thermostats and controls to professional HVAC maintenance services, The Ice-Man can definitely deliver. Our effective solutions will ensure that your heating and cooling system always remains free of biofilm. We proudly serve Hopewell, NJ, and the surrounding areas in greater Mercer County. Call us today at (609) 466-9020 or fill out this contact form to schedule your HVAC evaluation. We’d love to hear from you!