How humidity control can prevent mold growth
Mold spores are everywhere but did you know…you can prevent mold growth in your property. The first signs of mold usually appear in dark corners or spaces such as closets, under beds and behind cabinets. Mold can appear in a wide range of colors, shapes and sizes all with distinct characteristics and health effects. When found growing in your home, it can quickly spread from clothing and shoes to walls and carpets. Once mold growth is discovered on clothing and other treasures the spores can easily transfer and multiply, turning your prized possessions into musty relics.
Control is the key to eliminating mold.
There are several components that enable the growth of mold indoors including moisture, oxygen and food. Mold will grow quickly with the presence of these elements, resulting in potentially detrimental damage to health and property.
Fortunately, we can take control over the moisture/relative humidity indoors. Research shows that if relative humidity is maintained below 60 percent, moisture levels are reduced enough to prevent the growth of mold. As stated by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) “mold will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors.” 1 Proper air circulation combined with consistent relative humidity control can help ensure that corners and dark spaces stay free of mold.
The ENERGY STAR® Certified IW25-4 in-wall dehumidifier unit is designed to remove up to 29 pints of water per day, cycling to pull excess moisture from the air. Moisture is added to the air continuously through showers, laundry, cooking, cleaning and even breathing; 25 pints is the average amount of moisture created by a family of four every day. Take action to prevent mold growth before problems occur, reduce and control the moisture.
A Simple Solution to a Growing Problem
Oxygen: continuously produced by plants and phytoplankton
Food Source: proteins left behind
Reach of Light: Closets, Cabinets, Under Furniture
Moisture Levels: Maintaining Relative Humidity below 60%
1 EPA: A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-10/documents/moldguide12.pdf