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Mold Removal in the Winter

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

As the leaves and plants outside begin to decay, mold spores are naturally released into the air, but we also unknowingly invite mold growth inside our homes when we raise the thermostat. Today’s energy efficient homes make it hard for the warm air and humidity to escape, creating an ideal environment for mold to grow.

Because both humidity and temperature contribute to mold growth in the winter, it’s a tricky balancing act. For instance, we commonly find mold growth in rooms located in bends or corners of the home since they are exposed to significantly colder temperatures. The imbalance in temperature between neighboring rooms and high water vapor content in the air creates the ideal conditions for mold to grow.

How to Prevent Mold Growth in Winter

Ideally, indoor humidity levels should be kept between 35% and 45%. Here are some tips to help prevent mold growth in your home.

  • Use a dehumidifier
  • Set ceiling fans in reverse
  • Keep ductwork and air filters clean

Mold can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, eye irritation, and in some cases, skin irritation. If you suspect mold contamination, it’s best to consult a professional mold removal service. 

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