Think Humidity Doesn’t Concern Your Home? Think Again to Guard Against Mold

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There’s no doubt about it: Floridians battle humidity outdoors and indoors. While our tolerance for humidity may set us apart from people in other parts of the country, we can hardly afford to let our guard down.  When moisture and humidity converge, they can spell trouble for our health and well-being, particularly if they produce mold.

As unsettling as it may sound, tiny mold spores float through the indoor and outdoor air all the time. They’re microscopic, so you don’t see them. And they pose no harm whatsoever as long as they don’t stumble across a wet surface. When they do, the spores multiply quickly and form mold. So while you can’t make the spores disappear, you sure can rid your home of their favorite breeding ground: wet surfaces.

If you don’t, mold can make you sick, even if you don’t suffer from allergies or asthma. This fungus can trigger runny noses, coughing, sneezing and even skin rashes. These symptoms can intensify is mold is left to grow, so your challenge is to stop it dead in its tracks. The best ways to do this are to:

  • Fix leaky faucets and water damage immediately. If you suspect that mold might be growing inside your walls or under the floors, call in expert help. It won’t go away on its own; it must be purged and the breeding ground must be properly cleaned and disinfected.
  • Keep your indoor humidity level at less than 60 percent in the summer and less than 40 percent during the fall and winter to avoid moisture and condensation problems. By way of comparison, relative humidity is 100 percent when air is saturated with moisture, such as when it rains.
  • Inspect all the exhaust fans in your home to ensure that the wiring is sturdy and that the fans vent outdoors.

You know your home better than anyone, so if you’d sleep better after undergoing a whole-house evaluation, don’t hesitate to call Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll leave no stone unturned in our effort to ensure that your indoor air quality is as safe and healthy as it can be and your Central Florida home is free of mold.

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