It’s officially summer, which means the days are longer and much more humid. While everyone else may be thinking about barbecues and pool parties, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and IAQ (indoor air quality) experts are on high alert about something else—mold.
Mold and mildew are caused by moisture, and the hotter it is, the more moisture you’re dealing with. We’ve put together this guide for homeowners and renters on how to detect and avoid residential mold problems and mold growth this summer.
Mold and mildew are fungi that will grow and continue to grow anywhere there is identifiable moisture. Mildew is just mold in its early stage.
Mold and mildew are important to our planet, but we don’t want any of that in our home. There are many health hazards associated with a moldy home. We want to make sure your home and your family stays healthy this summer and all year round.
The best way to prevent mold is through moisture control. Homeowners need to be especially vigilant with moisture in the hot and humid summer months.
Respiratory issues such as sinus congestion and eye, nose, and throat irritation are caused by mold. Headaches are also a common symptom. People with asthma are especially vulnerable.
Those who are most susceptible to negative health effects from living in a moldy home are elderly individuals, pregnant women, children, and of course anyone with preexisting respiratory conditions.
Take precautions this summer and stay vigilant throughout the year to keep you and your family protected from health hazards caused by residential moisture issues.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms in the home, you need indoor air quality solutions—fast! If you want more information on Indoor Air Quality, contact Service Champions for a full home IAQ inspection and consultation.
How can you take control of mold and moisture in your home if you aren’t aware of where it lurks or what it even looks like? Service Champions helps you pinpoint signs of mold or mildew in your home. Early detection is always best.
If you aren’t sure what to look for, here are the telltale signs you have mold in home:
If the smell is strongest when your air conditioner is on, there may be a mold problem in your HVAC system. An HVAC technician would perform an inspection of your HVAC unit and diagnose any existing issue with mold.
Especially in the humid summer months, we handle many reported cases of mold and moisture issues. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep the mold away.
Learn how to control mold and moisture this summer and year round:
Whole-home humidification systems detect and dispense moisture and humidity automatically. It independently monitors the whole home for proper humidity levels and then works to add or remove moisture as necessary. These moisture control systems are installed directly into your HVAC system, so you’ll never even know it’s there.
Another moisture issue could be a poorly ventilated bathroom or kitchen. Make sure you have working ventilation fans to keep mold and mildew from growing.
If you feel you are already dealing with moisture issues, have your home checked out right away. Mold and mildew are very serious and need to be identified and addressed before further damage and health hazards ensue.
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For more information on how to take control of moisture in the home, including UV air irradiation, HEPA filtration, and HVAC cleanings, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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