Nobody wants mold growing in their home. Unfortunately, the humid and warm climate in Florida creates an ideal environment for mold in the home. It’s important to be aware of the effects that mold can have on your air quality, your health, and your home itself.
How Mold in the Home Grows and Spreads
Mold spores are naturally floating around in the air. When they find a surface that is the optimal moisture level and temperature to thrive, the spores will settle and grow. This is why excess moisture in the home leads to mold growth. The moisture may come from condensation, a plumbing leak, or a leaky roof, and can all lead to mold.
The Effect Mold Has on Indoor Air Quality
The more mold growth you have growing in your home, the more it will affect the indoor air quality. It is natural to have some mold spores in the air, but when a home has a mold infestation it exponentially increases the number of mold spores in the air, which decreases the quality of the indoor air.
Mold and Your Health
It is proven that mold in the home has an adverse effect on people’s health. Mold spores in the air exacerbate asthma and allergies and can even trigger these symptoms in people who didn’t previously have them.
Can Mold in the Home Be Prevented?
Controlling mold in the home is directly related to controlling the humidity of the home. One of the most effective ways to curb humidity is to install a dehumidifier. A whole house humidifier can be attached to your HVAC system or portable humidifiers can be placed in the most problematic rooms. In the bathroom, for instance, use the ventilation fan when you shower and dry off any surfaces that got wet afterward. If you notice mildew on your shower curtain liner, throw it away and replace it with a new one.
Be diligent about preventing mold and look for signs of mold in the home to protect your air quality, your health, and the structure of your home.