Myths about Mold, Changing Seasons, & Your Health
Every time we turn around, there’s a brand new study out about something being bad for your health, or a new flu bug going around, or a product that will keep you healthy all winter long. You can interpret each news story and headline as you see fit, but common sense also plays a big role in staying healthy during the most frigid months in Fleetwood.
Common Mold Myths
One common myth about mold is that it cannot grow in the winter because it’s too cold. That is simply wrong. Where there is moisture, mold can grow, even in winter. Think of how tightly sealed our homes are in the winter. That means as we crank up the thermostats, warm air is circulating around our house – and there could be mold spores with it. Mold growth in the winter generally happens on exterior walls, in bends, and corners. That’s because these areas tend to be more exposed to the cold air from outside, mixed with the warm air on the inside – causing high moisture levels.
Another myth: allergies go away in the winter. Nope. Sorry! Allergens are prevalent in the winter just as they are in the summer, and this has a lot to do with the moisture and air trapped and recirculated in your home all winter long. Closing up the windows and cranking up the heat starts to circulate the dust and debris that may have settled into the vents and air ducts throughout the warmer months. Like we mentioned above, that might include some mold spores.
‘Tis The Season
Believe it or not, even a natural Christmas tree could have some natural mold spores on it. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America actually recommends wiping off the tree’s trunk with a 20-to-1 water-to-bleach solution before bringing the tree into the house; they say this will kill any mold that might be on the truck. Don’t rely on that same theory to remove mold inside your home though; bleach has long been left behind as far as mold removal techniques are concerned. That’s where Hitchcock Clean and Restore can help!
Anyway … back on track here with mold and winter. When you’re breaking out the Christmas decorations and ornaments, it might be a good idea to quickly vacuum your garland and other greenery to be sure there isn’t any lingering dust or allergens still hanging on from last year (or that have accumulated while in storage).
Here are some tips to prevent mold growth this winter:
- Keep ductwork and filters clean and dry.
- Reverse your ceiling fans.
- Use a dehumidifier in rooms with excessive moisture to help prevent mold growth.
- Keep the humidity inside your home below 60%. Ideal levels are 35-45%.
- Install a HEPA filter in your HVAC system to trap even more particles and dust.
- Be on the lookout for areas where cold air and moisture (snow) might be able to get into your home.
Mold Removal Fleetwood Services
Now … if you do suspect there is some mold growth in your home, don’t wait to act. Hitchcock Clean and Restore is here year-round to answer your call for help, and have you breathing easy again in no time!