Get Rid of Bacteria and Mold in Your House

Get Rid of Bacteria and Mold in Your House | C.R. WolfeMold spores are a natural part of the air around us: you can’t eliminate them altogether. You can, however, keep mold spores from taking root in your home, damaging wallpaper and plaster, and releasing spores in such numbers that they impact your health.

Mold thrives in humid environments. If your home is poorly ventilated, humidity may gather on surfaces and soak into fixtures, providing a spot for mold to spread. Some common problem areas for mold include kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, crawl spaces, attics, and basements — especially unfinished basements. However, mold can appear in any room. It appears as a spreading discoloration, which is commonly green or blackish-green but can be many colors.

Mold can be cleaned off a surface using soap and water, or a dilute bleach solution. However, if the underlying humidity problem isn’t addressed, it’s likely to recur. One way of preventing mold growth, as well as fungal growth, bacteria, and mildew, is to install a whole-house dehumidifier. However, if your mold issue is confined to only one or two rooms, you might consider a smaller, stand-alone dehumidifier. These are less expensive and will work even when the central air handler fan isn’t engaged, but they do need their moisture pans emptied manually.

Another option to combat mold is by installing air cleaners or filters. Filters can catch mold spores in the air that circulates through your home, removing them from circulation. However, if the air filter itself becomes damp, it could turn into a breeding ground and introduce more mold spores into your air.

Ultraviolet lights, installed next to air filters or in ducts, provide another layer of protection. UV light destroys small organic particulates such as mold and fungal spores, mildew, and bacteria; it doesn’t remove them from circulation, but it stops them from growing and spreading.

If you’re concerned about mold in your Middletown home, contact us at C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning to learn about solutions today!

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about mold problems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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