Mold growth and expansion is one of the most common problems that arise out of cold weather and dampness during winter.
Mold may not only cause damage to the property, but also lead to several health problems and allergies. Many homeowners believe that mold growth occurs only in summer. This is, however, far from reality. In winter, warm air rises to the attic, comes in contact with the underside of the roof, and causes condensation. This moisture, when it reacts with organic compounds, promotes mold growth. Homeowners need to be extra cautious during winter to prevent mold.
Preventing Mold Growth
HVAC experts feel that a little effort on the part of homeowners can prevent growth of mold during winter. Here are some tips that help prevent mold:
- The first step towards prevention of mold is cleanliness. You must keep all areas including the attic, ceiling, corners, and furniture absolutely clean and dry.
- Make sure to vacuum all areas of your home regularly to remove all potential sources of mold growth.
- Your refrigerator drip pan can be a source of mold growth, so make sure that you clean it regularly.
- Water leaks inside the home are one of the most common causes of mold formation. If there is water leakage through the windows, roof, or any other part of the house, you should get it sealed immediately before your home becomes a haven for mold growth.
- Another common and less suspected source of mold formation is your clothes dryer. Make sure that it is ventilated to the outdoors.
- Proper ventilation and air circulation are important to maintaining internal air quality and preventing mold. Use of exhaust fans is advisable during cooking and showering. All purpose ventilators also help in improving air circulation and preventing mold growth.
- If any part of the roof is damaged, contact a roofing contractor to have it repaired.
- In case the moisture level in your home is high, you can use a dehumidifier to remove the moisture and prevent mold growth. A whole house dehumidifier, which is installed into the HVAC system of the home, is a great choice.
- These days, solar powered attic fans are gaining popularity among homeowners. These fans draw heat from the attic and replace it with cool air.
When Your Efforts Are Not Working
The above tips can certainly help prevent mold, however, none of these methods is fool proof, and it is possible that in spite of trying everything there might still be mold growth in your home. In this case, contact Air Excellence Heating and Cooling at (636) 980-0998. We will help you improve the internal air quality of your home. This will prevent allergies, respiratory diseases, and damage to the property.
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