Mold is one of the single worst problems you can face as a homeowner. So, how do you prevent it from appearing in the first place? Here are a few tips to help reduce the risk of mold growth and improve the indoor air quality in your home Ford County
The very first thing you should do is get rid of excess moisture in your home. Mold needs moisture to grow, so by denying it that moisture you severely reduce your mold risk. Dry your bathroom after showers, install a dehumidifier for the basement and check humidity levels in the summer for excess moisture in the air. If there are damp areas of your house that you have trouble controlling, make sure you don’t store anything there. Avoid placing boxes, clothing or anything else that could harbor mold on concrete floors or in crawlspace areas where dampness could occur.
Ventilation and Heat
If you have a finished basement, make sure it is heated properly to avoid excess moisture build up. Cool spaces in the basement can result in high levels of humidity which in turn result in mold growth. Additionally, ventilation is key throughout your house, especially if you have a moisture problem. Get fans and open windows if necessary, but keep air moving to help dry and keep dry those spaces.
Having a forced air system for air conditioning or heating can result in moisture build up in your ductwork along with allergens that lead to mold growth. To avoid potential mold spores, make sure you install an air cleaner to supplement the forced air system. Get a good air filter will have a MERV rating of at least 8, although 11 is better when you are trying to avoid any potential allergy issues. Whole house air cleaners are an ideal solution here as they will capture all of the particles floating around your house.
Repair Leaks Fast
If you have a leak or a flood, get it repaired immediately. After a disaster, your first priority may be to get your life back in order, but flood damage spreads incredibly fast. A little moisture in the basement can become a massive mold problem in your walls if left unchecked for any period of time. Call Lanz Heating & Cooling to schedule a meeting with our HVAC technicians today.