For most of the country Hurricane Sandy is a distant memory. That’s over now, right – the water’s all gone, isn’t it?

Well, floodwaters may have receded, but if you live in the vicinity you know the storm had widespread, long-term consequences. Sandy’s ghost haunts our industry in at least one way: Thousands of HVAC systems, both residential and commercial, up and down the coast have been compromised by the storm’s devastation.

Dirty coils clog air flow, leading to higher energy costs and polluted air.

Dirty moldy coils clog air flow, leading to higher energy costs and polluted air.

Sandy’s storm surges brought water teeming with micro-organisms into thousands of buildings – depositing it in basements, furnaces and ductwork. In fact the water is was classified as a level 3 waste water. This includes sewage and many other nasty components. Sometimes stormwater sat there for weeks while bacteria multiplied. Throughout the area, even when there was no direct flooding, biological growth exploded. And all the while HVAC systems lay fallow. No power, no airflow. In a split second, a compromised HVAC system can distribute these contaminants to every corner of a building.

Now that warm weather is here fungus, mold and bacteria start to multiply again – which adversely affects IAQ and can, of course, lead to sickness. It’s a good time to focus on improving the health of the HVAC systems you service, and this includes mini split systems.

Except in the worst cases, though, you can’t see biological growth in a furnace or AC system. How do you know if there’s a problem?

Don’t wait for warning signs. Long before you see the spores, or smell the smells, unwanted growth can escalate to unacceptable levels.

Prevention is the best plan. All HVAC systems are susceptible to contamination from biological growth, even at the best of times. It’s always a good idea to stay a step ahead of mold – no matter what state you live in or what the weather has been.

Safely assume that after a flood, it’s a necessity.

On your annual furnace and AC tuneup calls, use BBJ Environmental’s Mold Control, available from SpeedClean, to control fungus, mold and bacteria, and keep them from coming back. It’s quick, it’s economical, and it could save your customers major headaches in the long run, on both health and system efficiency.

The first step is to use anEPA-registered formula to clean surfaces and kill mold on contact, then apply Mold Control from BBJ. It keeps working long after you’ve packed up your equipment and bid your customer goodbye. In fact, Mold Control can keep mold growth at bay for up to 2 years.

Mold Control is labeled by the EPA for use in occupied spaces – there’s no need to evacuate the premises while treating HVAC systems and air ducts. the only one of it’s kind.

Educate your customers on the benefits of preventative treatment for fungal, mold and bacterial growth. Let them know you’ve got a plan to keep their systems healthy. It’s one more way to set your business apart from the rest.

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