Minimizing Mold Growth in Your Florida Home: A Comprehensive StrategyIf you’ve lived in South Florida more than a week, you know that our area of the country can be damp, especially during the summer months. Dampness is one of the four factors necessary for mold growth, something none of us want in our homes. Fortunately, there are some easy ways of minimizing mold growth.

Minimizing mold growth in your home
Just because you live in Florida, you don’t have to accept mold as a part of your house’s interior landscape. There are many things you can do that will greatly help in minimizing mold growth in your home. Below are just a few:

1. Set your A/C fan on “auto.” Allowing your air conditioning system’s blower to turn off when it’s not needed lets the condensation drain from the system rather than being recirculated throughout your home. This is the default setting in most systems.

2. Keep your interior doors open. Keeping your interior doors open while running your air conditioning system helps to keep a stable humidity level throughout the house and helps your A/C system run more efficiently.

3. Use your ceiling fans. Using your ceiling fans in conjunction with your central air conditioning system (in occupied rooms) will allow you to feel comfortable at higher temperatures, reducing the amount of condensation in your air conditioning unit.

4. Avoid too many live house plants. Live plants add to the humidity in your home, promoting mold growth.

5. Open your closets. Closets rarely are equipped with air conditioning vents, and these closed spaces can breed mold, especially on leather shoes and coats. Combat this by leaving your closet doors ajar.

6. Change your air conditioner’s filter. Changing your A/C system’s filter once a month during the height of the hot weather season will help the air conditioning run at peak efficiency, keeping moisture out of your home and saving your energy dollars.

If you need help minimizing mold growth and getting rid of dampness in your South Florida home, please contact us at Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning, Inc. We’ve been helping homeowners like you keep their homes cool and dry since 1979.

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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