Indoor Mold Growth Control in 8 Simple Steps – Clean Air Plus

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Indoor Mold Growth Control in 8 Simple Steps

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The presence of mold is much more than just an eyesore. Indoors, mold at elevated levels is a significant health risk. A review of more than sixty studies published in the European Respiratory Journal demonstrated a clear link between asthma in children and mold growth in their homes. Some people develop allergies because of these molds, and sensitive people can experience eye, nose, throat and skin irritation within seconds of coming into contact with airborne molds. Severe reactions include fever and shortness of breath, and in rare cases, mold can cause severe infections in the lungs. Most people do not succumb to mold so suddenly or severely, but that in itself makes mold particularly scary. The elevated levels that cause significant health risks are there long before you can smell them or see them. When you do see it and smell it, that’s just the wake-up call that you’ve been breathing this stuff in for years. By this time, your child may have already developed asthma or an allergy because of it. The good news, however, is that it never has to get to that point, and preventing mold is typically neither expensive nor time-consuming.

  1. Try to maintain a relative humidity of 60 percent in your home. If you have a well-functioning air conditioning system, depending on local climate, it may keep it at about that level. If not, you may need to augment it with a humidifier or dehumidifier. At 70-percent relative humidity, your home becomes a near-perfect breeding ground for mold.

  2. Don’t just guess at the humidity levels. Get yourself a digital hygrometer. Inexpensive models are available. Keep track of humidity levels at different points in the day. If there is an unnatural rise, figure out why that’s happening, and then remedy it. Never introduce unnecessary humidity, such as hanging wet clothes and overwatering your plants.

  3. Clean all air conditioners, air purifiers, dehumidifiers and humidifiers approximately every three months. If your air conditioner is a central system, have it inspected on a yearly basis and cleaned if necessary. Unchecked internal condensation in all of these devices fosters mold growth.

  4. Use a HEPA air purifier. If you do not have a purifier, purchase a portable HEPA air purifier from a leading manufacturer from the experts at Clean Air Plus. A HEPA filter will remove all mold spores.

  5. Clean your home well and regularly. Vacuum a lot, preferably with a HEPA vacuum cleaner, which prevents you from simply redistributing contaminants that are too small for a conventional vacuum to collect. At least once per year, you should wash walls, floors and other surfaces in a warm water and boric acid powder mixture.

  6. Test for mold once per year. Simple kits are available, and they do not take long to complete. You should also check that outward airflow (ventilation) is high enough from the air conditioner and ducts. They sell inexpensive test kits for this as well, or you can have the technician do it on his yearly inspection of your central system.

  7. Use your eyes and nose on a regular basis. If something smells off, determine what the source of that smell is. Do routine inspections of your home. Check obvious areas for leaks, such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms, but also check out-of-the-way places, such as attics, basements and crawlspaces.

  8. Monitor your family’s health. If your family or pets suffer from health problems, such as sinus problems, sneezing, coughing, headaches and chronic tiredness, that are otherwise unexplained, the problem may be mold or some other hidden airborne contaminant.

HEPA Air Purifiers

In our tips above, we mentioned HEPA air purification, and we’d like to take a moment here to expand on that a bit. The nature of mold is that no matter how hard you try, you may not be able to prevent it, and if it does happen, it may be there a while before you realize you need do something about it. The true value of a HEPA air purifier is that even if you don’t know about the mold, it is hard at work always extracting those mold spores from the air. In fact, HEPA removes 99.97% of all airborne particulates 0.3 microns in diameter and larger. Since mold spores are never smaller than 1.0 microns in size, HEPA filters are guaranteed to remove mold spores from the air in your home. With that kind of effectiveness, it is no wonder that HEPA air purifiers sell as well as they do. They are an investment in your family’s health, and if your home currently has mold or anyone in the family has asthma or allergies, they can experience immediate relief, often a significant reduction in their symptoms. A HEPA air purifier from a leading brand is one of the best purchases you can make to guarantee the future health of your family. 



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