By Michael Panster
What Is Mold?
Mold is a type of fungus that grows in dark, warm and moist places. Your HVAC system offers the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow. It can be found anywhere in your home where moisture accumulates. When there is a large amount of mold, it appears black in color. However, can also be blue or green. Mold cannot grow without water. The temperature must also be between 40 degrees and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Mold feeds off of dead organic materials such as drywall and cellulose.
The best way to check for mold is to have your HVAC system inspected by a qualified technician. Mold can spread throughout your HVAC system and enter rooms through the duct system. This can also affect your indoor air quality. Over 50 million people in the United States suffer from a variety of allergies. If you or your family members are allergies sufferers, then you need your system cleaned and disinfected. The health effects of mold in your home can include respiratory infections. Experts are not sure how much mold it takes to affect your health.
The best way to prevent mold from growing inside your home is to keep moist areas dry. Reduce the moisture levels inside your home by keeping the humidity below 60 percent. Do not use humidifiers since they add lots of moisture to the air. Stay on top of home maintenance such as checking the roof, basement walls, windows and plumbing pipes for leaks. If you suspect that mold is growing inside your home, contact a professional contractor for help.
Keep a variety of houseplants inside your home to improve the air quality. Experts say that the indoor air quality inside most homes is up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Have your HVAC system cleaned on a regular basis. If you have pets, then bathe and brush them regularly. Don’t let smokers smoke inside your home. Turn on the exhaust fan while cooking in the kitchen. Open the windows whenever the weather is nice to let fresh air inside.
Carpeting and drapes are a good source for pollutants to hide. Vacuum your carpets and drapes on a regular basis. Blinds will attract less dust than heavy draperies. An air purifier can improve the indoor air quality. Replace air filters from your heating and air conditioning unit at least once each month. This will reduce the amount of contaminants found in the air.