Among of the most effective defenses against mold and mildew are air conditioners and dehumidifiers. Because cool air holds less moisture than warm air, reducing your home’s indoor temperature also helps reduce dampness that can promote mold growth.

May 23, 2018

Preventing the Growth of Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew are facts of life on Cape Cod.

The fungi that make up mold and mildew are relentless. They are present in the air and will settle on surfaces where there is sufficient moisture, quickly growing and expanding. Mold and mildew will grow on wood products, ceiling tiles, cardboard, wallpaper, carpets, drywall, fabric, plants, foods, and insulation. Growth can develop on a damp surface within 24 and 48 hours and produce spores that travel through the air.

Ignore this growth at your own risk! Mold and mildew (which is mold in its early stage) can cause a serious health issues, including respiratory problems, sinus congestion, eye, nose, and throat irritation, and headaches. Infants, children, pregnant women, elderly individuals, and people with existing respiratory conditions are at a higher risk for these problems.

There are steps you can take to combat the presence and growth of mold and mildew in your home. The simplest solution is to make sure your home does not provide the damp, moist conditions in which mold and mildew can take root. Check for areas in your home where there may be high humidity or water damage, such as a damp basement or crawl space. Repair any plumbing leaks as soon as they occur, and have your roof inspected for leaks. Even a trickle of water from a leaky faucet or roof can seep into woodwork and serve as a host for mold.

Among of the most effective defenses against mold and mildew are air conditioners and dehumidifiers. Because cool air holds less moisture than warm air, reducing your home’s indoor temperature also helps reduce dampness that can promote mold growth.

Properly installed air-conditioning systems remove moisture from the air by taking in warm air, cooling it (which removes the moisture) and then circulating the cool, dry air back into the home. Ductless cooling systems, in particular, offer advantages over window units. A window air conditioner often allows warm and humid air into a home through gaps and crevices, and can provide even more “fuel” for mold growth through leaks and condensation. A ductless system has its major mechanical components located outside the home, sharply reducing any potential indoor moisture. Plus a ductless system can be equipped with powerful filters to clean and clear the air being circulated.

In areas that are not air-conditioned (such as an unfinished basement) mechanical dehumidifiers are helpful to draw moisture directly out of the air. Although they can generate heat on their own, the reduction on overall dampness is the goal.

Have you experienced mold and mildew in your home? We can help prevent it from reoccurring. Give us a call at (508) 388-1009 to explore your options for air conditioning your home to help make your summer more comfortable, healthier, and mold-free.

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