Found in abundance in the Arctic, the Antarctic and everywhere in between, mold and mold spores are virtually impossible to avoid. Mold especially flourishes in warm, humid climates like ours in Southwest Florida.
Though air cleaners and UV lights can reduce the number of mold spores in your home, they can never be eliminated completely. Keeping your home dry can go a long way toward inhibiting interior mold growth.
Mold can grow on nearly any surface as long as water is present. Aside from producing stains and damaging wood, drywall, carpet and other furnishings, mold spores can cause detrimental health effects ranging from mild to life-threatening.
Cleanup and removal of mold can be difficult and expensive. It is far easier to avoid mold problems in the first place. Some tips for keeping your home dry and mold-free:
- Clean up spills or leaks immediately. Mold growth can begin within 24 hours.
- Ensure good ventilation, especially in bathrooms, attics and basements.
- Use fans or windows to improve ventilation while cooking or showering.
- Do not overwater houseplants or leave damp clothing or other materials sitting around.
- Cover pipes and other surfaces prone to condensation with waterproof material.
- Make sure appliance drip pans and drain routes are clean and functioning.
- Use air conditioning and/or a dehumidifier to keep your home’s humidity below 55 percent.
Air conditioners remove some water from the air as it is treated, but in the high-humidity climate of Southwest Florida a dehumidifier will be considerably more effective at reducing moisture. Dehumidifiers are available in small, portable units to address trouble spots. But a whole-house dehumidifier will optimize the moisture level throughout your entire home.
When it comes to mold, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. At Conditioned Air we are always happy to answer any questions you may have, and our professionals are standing by ready to help you take control of your home’s humidity levels. Contact us if we can help.
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