How Humidity Affects Mold and Mildew
Fuzzy, blackish greenish or brownish growths on your walls, tiles, fabrics, and in other places around your home can only mean one thing: fungi. Fungal growths around your home are not only unsightly, but they can also trigger allergies, asthma attacks, skin problems, and other medical issues. To reduce the growth of fungi in your home, you need to eliminate what it uses to grow. Our home comfort team at Mike Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning explains how humid air affects the growth of mold and mildew inside your home.
What Fungi Need to Grow
There are thousands of different varieties of fungi, many of which take advantage of the indoor environment of a person’s home. Some of the things that fungi need to grow include a consistent source of moisture, warm temperatures, low to minimal sunlight, and some sort of organic material. Places inside your house such as the shower, basement, underneath cabinets, under and around carpets, and on damp paper and cardboard are the perfect location for fungi to grow and thrive.
Sources of Humidity in Your Home
You might be surprised about the wide variety of sources of moisture in your home. Some of the most common include:
- Water intrusion in the basement and crawlspace walls and floors.
- Leaky plumbing systems.
- Poor ventilation in the kitchen or bathroom where steam is generated on a regular basis.
- Areas of your home that are not ventilated or conditioned by your heating and air conditioning system.
Controlling How Humid Your Home Gets
There are many ways to reduce excess moisture in your home no matter what season of the year it is. Proper control of the moisture level is essential to reducing the growth of fungi. There are many things that you can do yourself, but some moisture control activities are best left to professional heating, ventilation and air conditioning service technicians. These actions can help you reduce the amount of moisture in the air of your home:
- Use exhaust fans when showering or cooking.
- If your home lacks exhaust fans, open a window when cooking or showering.
- Check pipes for leaks on a weekly basis.
- Make sure that your property is properly graded so water flows away from your home’s foundation.
- Extend downspouts so water is dispensed away from the foundation of your home.
- Schedule regular air conditioning and heating system maintenance. The air conditioning system helps reduce the amount of moisture in your home’s air.
Make your Jacksonville Beach, FL home healthier, cleaner and fresher by controlling the amount of moisture in the air. For more information about indoor climate control or to learn about our current service specials, call us at Mike Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning today.