10 Mar Prevent Mold Growth in Your Florida Home
With the help of your thermostat, you can combat mold growth inside your home. As you probably know, mold of any kind if harmful to your health. Luckily, there are a few tricks that you can exercise to keep mold out of your home and protect the well being of yourself and your family.
Minimize Indoor Humidity
First, mold is largely related to the temperature and moisture of a building, be it your home, work, or condominium. Year-round, you should keep the indoor humidity at less than 60 percent.
Aside from the humidity, you should also be sure to keep air circulating, not still and stifling. Interestingly, while some people do not realize the inherent danger in house plants, they are actually facilitators of mold production and growth in your home. Think of it like this each time you water your indoor plant, you are contributing to the moisture present inside your home. Water=moisture.
Repair Leaks Quickly
On the subject of water, any leaks you may have are also largely related to mold. Roof leaks, plumbing leaks, air conditioning condensation, and even wet towels hanging to dry can contribute to moldy buildup.
Also, utilize the bathroom fan switch when you take a shower so that the humid and moist air is flushed out quicker through the air vents.
Pay Attention to Your A/C
The air conditioning unit requires a certain level of care to make sure it is not fueling mold production. For example, water buildup can absolutely spur mold growth, thereby releasing mold spores into your home through the vents. Condensation and pooled water in air conditioner units are perfect breeding grounds for a mold presence.
Clean the air conditioning equipment at least every three months, or have an air conditioning repair company inspect your unit, to make sure there are no foreign growths tainting your air.
And remember, if you smell mold, somewhere in your home you have mold!