Should You Be Concerned about Mold Spores in Your Air?

Posted by Lisa Pixley

If you’re like most homeowners, your windows and doors are sealed up tight for much of the year, in order to keep your air conditioning and heating systems operating efficiently and so that you can stay comfortable. However, a lack of ventilation can sometimes be detrimental for your air quality. Not only can it make the air feel stuffy and stale; it can also make conditions ideal for the growth of mold.

How can I tell if I have a mold problem?

Last week, we discussed some of the signs of mold exposure. You should look out for the typical signs of illness or severe allergy symptoms. If people in the house seem to get sick more frequently than ever before, it could be a good idea to investigate the issue. You might recognize mold growth by its appearance, discoloration, the odor of mildew, nearby water stains, or dark spots on the walls or ceilings.

What can I do to prevent mold?

Your best bet is to attempt to prevent mold from growing in the first place. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Clean up water immediately when it spills, and work extra hard to dry carpet.
  • Consider adding ventilation to your home. A heat recovery ventilator can let in fresh air as you run your heater, without affecting the temperature.
  • Run the fan or open a window as you shower.
  • Fix plumbing leaks.
  • Make sure appliances ventilate properly.
  • Scheduling air duct cleaning and HVAC system inspections regularly to keep mold out of the ducts.

Can I clean up the mold myself?

We don’t recommend it. Mold has a way of spreading around even more if you don’t clean it properly, and it can be toxic. Call in mold remediation specialists to take care of the problem for you.

Alpha Air Corporation provides mold remediation services in Minneapolis, MN. Call us today! 

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