Preventing Mold and Mildew Growth in the Summer

The summer season is a wonderful time of year. The sun is shining bright, and the weather is warm. However, there can be a downside to hot weather, which is the potential growth of mold and mildew in your home. Here’s some information on mold and mildew growth and how to prevent it. 

How Mold and Mildew Can Grow in Your Home

No matter how clean you keep your house, mold and mildew may be an issue. Mold can grow in areas where moisture collects on a regular basis or there is a large influx of water, such as in the case of a flood inside your home. Mildew is similar to mold in that it’s in the early stages of becoming mold. Mold and mildew can cause health problems, especially if it continues to exist in your home. Therefore, it’s important to take the necessary steps to prevent mold and mildew from occurring.

Mold and Mildew Prevention Tips

White wall affected with mold in room

Mold and mildew is something you don’t want in your home. Health issues that may be caused by mold and mildew include stuffy nose, itchy eyes, coughing, wheezing, and other related symptoms. With this in mind, you want to take the necessary steps to prevent mold and mildew from occurring: 

  • Keep the interior of your home cool.
  • Be aware of any continual condensation in your air ducts.
  • Monitor the humidity level in your home on a frequent basis to ensure this level stays low. 
  • Keep windows closed during rainstorms so no water gets into your house. 
  • Be aware of any roof leaks or other leaks within your home which can cause moisture and cause mold and mildew to grow.
  • Repair any leaks right away to prevent mildew and mold in the home. 
  • Ensure your clothes dryer vents the air outside.
  • Use an exhaust fan in bathrooms with no windows or open the bathroom window when showering to prevent moisture from collecting.
  • Remove any mildew or mold issues immediately once you discover them to prevent them from spreading to other areas in the home. 

Benefits of a UV Lamp for Mold Prevention

In addition to the mold and mildew prevention tips listed above, you can take matters into your own hands by using a UV lamp in the home. A UV lamp can kill the mold and mildew that builds up on indoor coils around your HVAC system, along with any bacteria that goes with it. By taking care of the microbial build-up on the coils, this material will be prevented from going airborne and help your HVAC system work better, too.  

Take the necessary steps to make sure mold and mildew don’t plague your home. Contact the Air Design team to learn more about indoor air quality products and services. 

Contact Air Design and take steps to ensure your home is mold and mildew-free!