Mold is no good for your home environment. It can cause damage to wallpaper and plaster, it can cause a musty odor in your home, it can clog air filters, and it can even cause illness — or exacerbate illness in those with asthma or other respiratory conditions. Like mildew, bacteria, and fungus, it grows best in damp areas, which may also be areas with poor ventilation.
Often, mold growth is visible as discoloration, especially along ceilings or windowsills. But other times, mold may grow in inaccessible, non-visible locations such as inside air ducts or even on the filter media of a furnace or air conditioner. Mold releases spores which can be carried on air currents from a central HVAC system, which means that a mold problem in one part of your home can easily spread to other places.
Controlling your indoor humidity is one way to prevent mold growth. A whole-house dehumidifier is a good choice if environmental humidity is a problem, but if the humid areas in your Monmouth County home are limited to a few rooms — for example, bathrooms, kitchens, or laundry rooms — you might consider a stand-alone unit instead.
Air cleaners can also help reduce the spread of mold. Air filters with appropriate MERV ratings can catch and hold mold spores, though if they’re exposed to moisture, they can also provide a breeding ground for mold and worsen the issue. UV lights, installed over filters or inside ducts, use ultraviolet light to sterilize small organic particles such as mold, mildew, and fungal spores, as well as bacteria. These can be installed out of sight within vents, for an unobtrusive, ongoing solution.
Solutions which rely on airflow — filtration, UV lights in ductwork, and dehumidification — will only be effective while air is circulating through your home. If you don’t have a fan running or a whole-home ventilation system installed, or your mold issues are in non-ventilated spaces like attics or crawl spaces, you may want to contact a mold expert.
To learn more about managing mold, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical today!
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