Mold can be a problem for many homes unless you take the necessary precautions. We begin to change our normal routine as the weather outside becomes cooler. From the clothes we wear to the meals we eat, we do what we can to stay healthy and warm. Most people also switch from running the air conditioner to running the heater. As much as turning on the heater may seem like the best way to shield yourself from the cold, it can also cause winter mold growth.
While mold is generally believed to thrive during the warmer months, it is actually fairly common for mold to grow during the winter months as well. As the colder weather tends to change our routines, preventing mold growth during the winter might be slightly different as well. Make sure your home stays healthy and cozy by following these tips to prevent winter mold from growing.
Check for leaks and repairs
The growth of winter mold occurs in your home when there are leaks or water damage. Check your home for any minor leaks in the roof or rusted pipes that could potentially burst before the winter temperatures become too harsh. When you prevent costly damage or mold growth, you can feel confident that your home will withstand winter storms and freezing temperatures.
Increase Air Circulation
Boiling soup on the stovetop or taking a hot shower might be good ways to beat the cold, but it increases the amount of moisture in the room as well. Since mold thrives in humid environments, your various attempts to warm up may actually encourage the growth of winter mold.
If possible, use exhaust fans when you cook and shower to increase air circulation and reduce a particular area's moisture. In this way, moisture won't seep through your walls, floors, or ceilings, preventing the growth of fungal fungi.
Reduce the Humidity Levels in Your Home
You can prevent mold from growing in places where condensation generally occurs by increasing air circulation in your home. If you want to reduce the amount of dampness in your home and improve the quality of the air, a dehumidifier is a must. The best way to avoid making your entire house an ideal environment for mold growth and spread is to use a dehumidifier.
The best part is that a dehumidifier actually improves the quality of air in your home because it removes the excess moisture in the air. The best way to combat the cold weather and winter mold growth is to reduce the humidity levels in your home.
Check Your Furnace and Air Ducts Before Turning on the Heat
The easiest way for mold spores to spread throughout your home is through your HVAC system. Despite the fact that your heating and cooling system has been running all year, chances are you haven't turned on the heater since last winter. Because of this, your furnace has been gathering dust and allergens for almost an entire year, which is what causes that burning smell when you first turn it on.
Before you turn the furnace from cool to heat, check the furnace filter for any signs of mold. While the heater is running, this ensures that you will not be spreading mold spores throughout your vent system. Check your air ducts as well as your filter. While you may not have found mold growth during your last inspection, things may have changed since then. If you allow warm air to circulate through your vents, mold will be more likely to grow.
Make sure your furnace and air ducts are properly inspected and cleaned before you switch to heat on your thermostat.
As temperatures drop, make sure you get your repairs done and keep your air quality fresh for a healthy home. Stay warm this winter by calling APD Roofing or Discount Dry Out for your mold inspection and remediation needs.
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MELVYN E HUCKABY II
Lead Claims Consultant, IICRC Certified