Mold is a type of fungus that, given the right conditions, may take hold in your South Florida home. Adequate amounts of moisture and food, appropriate temperatures and mold spores are needed for mold growth to begin?all but one of which are nearly impossible to control. Regulating the level of moisture within your home is the key to prevention, and here are seven steps you can take to get started.
- Provide adequate ventilation. Air movement has a drying effect, so be sure to use exhaust fans when showering, dishwashing or cooking on the stovetop. Ceiling or floor fans also work well, but avoid opening windows during peak hours of humidity.
- Remove standing water. Whether from a flood, spill or even the drip pan of your A/C unit, standing water should be cleaned up and the area dried and disinfected within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth from occurring.
- Protect your foundation. Make sure the ground slopes away from, rather than toward, your foundation to prevent water entering through any cracks or breaks.
- Check for leaks regularly. Perform a visual inspection of exposed pipes underneath sinks and in your basement or crawlspace.
- Vent to the outside. Ensure that all exhaust fans and venting from moisture producing appliances vent to the outside rather than to the attic.
- Monitor humidity levels. Relative humidity (RH) levels within your home should remain between 30 and 50 percent. Should levels fall below, you may experience static electricity, dry skin and irritation to the mucous membranes. If levels are too high, mold may begin to grow. RH can be measured with a hygrometer, an inexpensive tool found at most hardware stores.
- Schedule annual maintenance. Routine maintenance including filter changes help prevent standing water in your A/C drip pan and ensure proper drainage.
For more information on how to prevent mold growth in your home, call the experts at Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning, Inc. Since 1979, we?ve been providing top quality service to the residents of eastern Palm Beach, northern Broward and southern Martin counties.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).?
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