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How 'dry mode' on your air con can help you beat mould


Have you noticed excess mould in your home after the recent wet weather?

Coastal Electrical & Air owner Neal Hendicott says he has received plenty of calls and emails from customers asking what they can do to mitigate mould issues.

He recommends switching your air conditioner into ‘dry mode’, which essentially turns your air conditioner into a dehumidifier.

“Sunlight and airflow help prevent mould,” he says

“(Dry mode) just takes all that humidity out of the air. But you gotta make sure you close up your windows. Otherwise, you're just letting more humidity in and it's just working overtime.”

Mr Hendicott says air cons are notorious for building up mould on the fans and in the vents and should be cleaned at least once a year.

He advises doing so improves the air quality and if it’s a new air conditioner, ensures you are not voiding your warranty.

“It's best to get a professional in to get it all done properly,” he says.

“You've gotta take the whole casing apart to get to all the bits and pieces that are full of mould.”

It is also recommended that residents during showering, cooking, and using their clothes dryers in apartments run their exhaust fans for longer than normal to extract the additional moisture.


Meanwhile, Queenslanders are being urged to check their residential insurance policy to see if they are covered for mould to their apartments.

That is the message from Australia’s leading peak organisation for the apartment and unit sector after fielding hundreds of calls and emails about mould issues during the past week.

Australian Apartment Advocacy spokesperson Samantha Reece says thousands of Queensland apartment owners now face clean-up costs to combat mould following unseasonal rain and humidity.

“Queenslanders in the north are used to mould, but the reports we are getting is that the incidence of mould in southern Queensland is almost unheard of due to the current conditions of humidity and moisture," Ms Reece says.

“The bad news is that mould itself is not covered by insurance generally unless it has been caused by an insurable event such as storm damage or flooding.

“We have had hundreds of apartment owners contact us and our message is the same; check your insurance policy but it is highly unlikely you are covered for mould unless you have suffered or experienced an insurable event such as structural damage caused by flooding.”

Ms Reece urged apartment and unit owners to treat their mould problem and not hope that it would simply go away.

“Mould if untreated can cause health problems such as allergic reactions and asthma difficulties and it can be treated in most instances with products such as dehumidifiers that are not toxic and that can be purchased from any hardware store.”

Image: Coastal Electrical & Air