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Air-Care Bahamas is a locally owned and operated Air Quality specialist company offering Indoor Air Quality Assessments & Air Purifying, Mold Remediation, Asbestos Removal, Fire Restoration, and air-conditioning installation, maintenance & repair.

We are an internationally certified remediation company focusing on for mold remediation, air duct cleaning, dryer duct cleaning, and fire / smoke restoration. Established for more than 20 years, we are the only internationally certified air conditioning and duct-work cleaning company in the Bahamas.

Our Air-Care Specialists have been extensively trained and certified in all aspects of air quality testing and purification. Our equipment and our cleaning methods continually evolve as the industry does so we can better serve you.

 

Frequently asked questions

Why Should My Air Ducts Be Clearned?


Studies have shown that indoor air can be 2 to 5 times MORE polluted than outside air. Most disposable filters remove about 10% of these pollutants allowing 90% to enter the air system, even during the construction of a new home. The pollutants contain dust, pollen, mold spores, animal dander, and much more. These materials collect in the furniture, air conditioner and duct surfaces, just as they do on the furniture and floor surfaces. The furniture and floor are cleaned regularly but the duct surfaces are hidden from view and can only be reached by specialized duct cleaning equipment. These pollutants can migrate out into the room again, or become a food source for mold and bacteria, which can thrive in this dark comfortable environment from high humidity or moisture from the air conditioner or humidifiers. Biological growth can release mold spores or toxins into the air system.




How Can Mold Grow in a Duct System and What Problems can it Cause?


Mold spores require a stable temperature, a food source and moisture to live and reproduce. Dust and dirt that go through the filter are a good food source. The furnace/air conditioner is designed to maintain a comfortable temperature, and moisture is available from humid conditions in the environment, the humidifier in the furnace or the cooling coils in the air conditioner. Live molds can release spores that will trigger allergic or asthmatic reactions, sometimes severe, in about 10% of the population. Mold both living and dead can produce toxins that may cause short term allergic reactions. Long term exposures to low levels of some mold toxins can result in permanent chemical sensitivity to common compounds in the environment.




Will a Dirty Air System Result in Higher Energy Costs?


Depending on the amount of contamination and its location, energy consumption could be increased. If the fan blades, evaporator coil or other control components of the system are heavily contaminated, the system may have to run much longer to cool or heat the occupied space, wasting a lot of energy.




What is Indoor Air Quality?


A healthy indoor environment is one in which the surroundings contribute to productivity, comfort, and sense of health and well being. The qualities of good indoor air include:

  • Introduction and distribution of adequate ventilation air
  • Control of airborne contaminates
  • Maintenance of acceptable temperture and relative humidity
Poor indoor air quality can cause problems and have serious consequences such as:
  • Increasing health problems such as developing a cough, eye irritation, headache, and allergic reactions
  • Reduced productivity due to discomfort and stress and increased absenteeism
  • Strained relations between employers and employees, or household inhabitants




Is My Home or Work Place Making Me Sick?


The extent of Sick-Building-Syndrome and the degree to which offices are affected can be difficult to pin down. Doctors haven't determined what concerntration of office pollutants is needed to cause illness or exactly how they make people sick. Symptoms such as headaches, weariness, nausea, malaise, sneezing, wheezing, and rashes may be brought on by chemicals in the cleaning supplies, insecticides, and even high concentration of molds and bacteria. or they are simply signs of allergies, a cold, or influenza. Most frequently the victims make the connection between workplace sickness themselves, following a gradual accumulation of evidence and doctor bills.




What is Mold? What is a Mold Spore?


* Mold destroys building materials in your home or business when they get and stay wet * Mold reproduces and spreads by shedding microscopic mold spores in the air * Mold spores travel through the air and we breathe them in – sometimes in large enough amounts that are unhealthy. * Indoor mold types that can damage your home and health include: - Aspergillus / Penicillium / Trichoderma - Stachybotrys / Chaetomium / Ulocladium - Cladosporium / Alternaria / Curvularia Mold Facts You Need To Know * Water is the problem, mold is the result of excess water * Mold can grow and produce spores in as little as 24 – 48 hours * Most thrive in temperatures we feel comfortable in * Airborne mold can be inhaled * Presence of mold growth can impact your health, at home, the office or school What Mold Does When Growing Inside Your Home or Business * Mold can Ruin many building materials * Mold can Destroy your personal possessions * Mold can cause allergies * Mold can trigger asthma




How can I be exposed Mold?


You can be exposed to mold spores in the following ways: • By breathing in spores floating in the air • By eating moldy foods • By allowing your skin to make contact with mold via handling moldy items like moldy clothing, carpet, drapes, furniture, fabric, and leather Health Effects of Mold Exposure • Allergic Reaction (Most Common) - Caused by inhalation or direct contact with mold • Asthma (Second Most Common) - Mold spores can trigger an attack and make asthma worse • Hypersensitivity - Developed after acute or chronic exposure • Opportunistic Infections - Cause disease in rare circumstances




Have you Recently had Water Damage to Your Property?


Did you know that nearly 50% of all homes have been compromised in some way by water? Yes, even new homes can be comprimised. Here are some common causes for a water compromised property: • Poor Construction or defects in the construction • Poor filtration in your HVAC System (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) • Plumbing leaks or major water problems • Blown or compromised water heater and or water storage system • Improper insulation, ventilation, or grading • A recent severe storm may have brought water into your property from the wind and rain. Perhaps a window was broken during the storm. • Leaking roof and or ceiling




Do you know what Mold looks like? Have you seen any Visible?


Mold can be identified by the following characteristics: • If it looks Velvety • Slimy • White • Black • Green • Pink • If it has an Odor • If there is any Discoloration Where You Should Check for Visible Mold There are a few places in your home or business that should be checked for mold. Here are a few places for you to check on your premises. Bathroom • Around the bathtub or shower • Around & Under the sink • Under & Behind Toilet • Around bathroom vanity Kitchen • Around & Under the sink where leakage might occur • Behind and Under Refrigerator • Floors, wall cavities and ceilings directly above or below a bathroom or kitchen • Attic & Basement Spaces • Laundry Area • Around Water Heater • Around & Inside A/C Unit & Vents • Garage (Especially when directly attached to entrance of home) • Clothing • Carpet & Rugs • Behind vinyl wall coverings or wallpaper • Hidden surface walls like behind furniture ​​​​




Have you Experienced any Sensitivity in certain indoor locations?


Mold can show up just about anywhere as long as it's a great envirnment for it to produce spores. The main thing that is needed is water. Mold can thrive in air-conditioning duct vents, attics, in the bathroom, and between your walls as examples. Exposure to mold is known to cause the following: • Itching or irritation of the eyes, nose, throat or skin. • Burning sensation on skin or rashes • Sinus infections or congestion (runny nose) • Respiratory problems (sneezing or coughing) • Frequent or onset headaches or migraines • Changes in breathing patterns • Fatigue • Musty odor




Why Should I test for Mold?


You should test for mold if you are concerned that you may have some spores growing in your home or place of business. Test for mold; • If you have seen visible signs of mold • If you have concern for hidden mold and the potential dangers • To maintain a healthly indoor air environment for your home or business • To know what kind of mold you may have growing seen or unseen • To aviod a compromised immune system and potential health risks • To solve building defects such as dry rot, warping, and deterioration of your property • To avoid a future expense of a massive remediation • Peace of mind when buying (or selling) a house Mold Testing Made Simple • The home inspector from Air-Care Bahamas has been trained and educated by PRO-LAB® to collect the appropriate samples. • Your Air-Care Bahamas home inspector will take one air sample per 1,000 square feet, including a control sample outside the premises. • Your Air-Care Bahamas home inspector will also collect a swab or tape sample from any visible mold growth. • Results on the samples will be quick and accurate.





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