Mold thrives in humid and water damaged environments. Homeowners who have had to deal with mold know that containing it is only half the battle. The health hazard it poses for people with allergies and asthma is a more pressing cause for concern. Inhaling or touching mold spores trigger allergic reactions include sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, skin rash, and even shortness of breath for people with more serious mold allergies.
Mold spores can form from little moisture in just a matter of hours. Humid climates, consecutive rainy days, and water evaporation indoors increase the odds of mold spreading throughout the house. If members of your household are particularly sensitive to mold, here are some ways to control or prevent mold from spreading in the home.
The Role of Air Purifiers
Air purifiers are one of the most effective shields against mold invasion. Mold naturally spreads by travelling through the air and nesting in moisture prone areas around the house. It is these same mold spores that are breathed into the lungs that trigger a series of allergic reactions. Hence, protecting the household means ridding the home with these spores. Different types of air purifiers serve distinct functions. Some purifiers cause particles to fall to the ground by releasing negative ions that attack spores. However, these particles get stirred up by the air or when walked by. There are purifiers that completely kill spores via emitting ozone but ozone in large quantities is disadvantageous to humans and animals.
High efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration is considered to be most effective type of air purifier for mold protection as it meets the strict standards of particle removal. Its effectiveness depend on the efficiency of its filtering system which can be measured by the size of the largest particle that can pass through the filters. Air purifiers serve the home best when it is run constantly. It also important to remember that to achieve optimal results, air filters must be regularly changed.
The filter that removes pollutants may be accompanied by a carbon pre-filter that helps eliminate odors. The musty smell of mold is neutralized as air passes through the pre-filter. Air purifiers are most effective when they are run constantly. Fortunately, most units use very little electricity.
Not only does HEPA air purifiers help maintain a clean atmosphere at home, it also keeps the indoor air fresh as it removes air pollutants such as dust, pollen, pet dander, and smoke. With a cleaner environment, mold and other irritants are less likely to be surface and the house becomes a safer place for people with allergy and asthma.