Detailing your cars interior quarterly with Autobella is a smart and healthy idea, we spend a significant amount of time in our cars sneezing, coughing, eating & whatever else might come about, then we get out and close the windows & doors trapping germs & bacteria, thus becoming an Incubator. General sickness can be significantly reduced buy keeping your cars interior clean. Most buildup and staining is organic and can be removed with our water-based organic cleaning solutions.
“Sick Car Syndrome” As our interior gets dirty and fungi or mold grows in our interior, its warning sign is quite clear. If you turn on the air conditioner and a bouquet reminiscent of manure or spoiled cabbage comes wafting out, you’ve got it.
Industry experts cite new vehicle designs as the cause. To increase AC system efficiency, they’ve made systems with more surface area explains Paul Deguiseppi, manager of service training at the East Greenville, Penn.-based Mobile Air Conditioning Society Worldwide. “And the more surface area you have, the more space there is for moisture, and for this junk to grow on.”
While Simmons hasn’t yet found any fungi that pose actual infectious disease situations, he is convinced that certain people are at risk for potential health problems. “If you’re allergic to these fungi, you can have an allergy attack; if you have a mold sensitivity or asthma, they can bring on an asthma attack. Simmons learned firsthand the effects of driving a sick car when he got a headache every time he drove his car to and from work.
Everyone has a certain amount of tolerance to everything we come in contact with. But at some point our ability to withstand it breaks down, so if you’re exposed to fungi and bacteria at home and in the car, your body might become so overwhelmed that you become ill.
Spraying disinfectants into the air vents won’t kill these growths. The chances of anything making it into the system and still being effective are somewhere between slim and none. The best solution is to clean the vehicles interior with a cold water based enzyme & follow up with an OZONE treatment.
Tips To Help Keep Your Car’s Interior Mold Free
- Regularly replace Cabin Air Filters, Detail your interior with a cold water Enzymes & OZONE treatments.
- Air-conditioning should be run on the “outside air” setting, as opposed to the re-circulated setting as often as possible. This allows the system to pull in new air and get rid of old moisture (which reduces the chances of contamination).
- The “max” setting is going to give you re-circulated air and should only be used on very hot days-and only until you get comfortable.
- Never leave the A/C set on “max” while the engine is off. This keeps the vents closed and doesn’t allow outside air to get in. The heat created by a closed system combined with the moisture produces a virtual greenhouse for bacteria and fungi.
- When you use the A/C, there should be water draining from under the car. No water runoff means that the drain hole is blocked and the evaporator is not drying out, creating a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungi.