No one likes to think of their house having mold in it, but there’s a good chance that mold has not only entered your home but is growing there, as well. The key to removing mold from the air is to get a good air purifier that can filter invisible mold spores before they are inhaled. Also, be sure to clean your home efficiently to prevent mold growth. Here is everything you need to know about mold and how air purifiers keep your home mold free.
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What is Mold?
Mold is a microscopic fungus that grows outdoors. In nature, mold is extremely beneficial, helping to break down wood and plants. In our homes, mold enters from the contaminated air outside and festers when it encounters something wet or damp.
Mold grows very quickly. Within 24-48 hours a small spill, that wasn’t cleaned up properly, can start to have mold growth. This mold originated in the air and thrived when it came into contact with a moist environment. Once mold meets a wet surface, it rapidly reproduces and becomes a petri-dish of fungi and bacteria.
Mold needs not only a water source but also a food source. Some of its favorite foods are:
While there may not be evident food source on concrete, mold can even grow there. As long as the concrete is wet, mold can thrive. Many homeowners don’t understand why their concrete basements have mold growth. The reason is that concrete tends to draw moisture into it and mold spores simply go crazy over this relationship.
How Can I Prevent Mold Growth in My Home?
Mold can be an irritant for many. For those who are allergic to it, simply breathing in the air where mold spores are floating around can be a trigger. These people may get a headache, have a stuffy nose, cough, or have an asthma attack. People who are frequently ill for no known reason should consider if mold may be to blame.
If you have a known mold issue in your home, or you know you have a mold allergy, there are a couple of things you will want to do.
First, find the source of the mold. If you have a damp basement, you most likely have mold spores in the air.
Second, rectify the source of the mold. Use water sealing paint or basement system to prevent water and moisture from entering your house.
Third, use an air purifier to remove mold spores from the air. A good mold removing air purifier will have HEPA filters. These filters remove up to 99% of mold spores from the air where the purifier is running. You may want to purchase multiple air purifiers for each room in your home, or the very least, in the bedrooms.
HEPA filters can capture any microorganism that is .3 microns or bigger. Mold spores range from 1-20 microns in size. This means that there is a great chance that your HEPA air purifier is removing as much as 100% of mold from the air in your home.
Since air particles are continually exchanged from the outdoors to indoors, some mold will still get into your house even if you have no water sources and are running air purifiers. However, they will not be able to stay there long if you keep your purifiers on.
Other Ways to Remove Mold from Your Home
There are some additional steps that you can take to remove mold from your home. These include:
- Wiping down all non-porous surfaces with disinfectant wipes daily
- Dust frequently and limit the amount of small décor you have in your home
- Sweep and mop the floors at least twice a week. Mold spores can quickly enter your home via your shoes
- Don’t bring anything that was outdoors into your bedroom. Change your clothes in a separate room from where you sleep and wash them as soon as possible. This will help keep you breathing easier at night and prevent cross-contamination of your mold-spore covered clothes with your wet towels from a shower.
- Use a disinfectant spray on your furniture and porous surfaces. This will kill any mold spores that land on these surfaces.