You might think that mold goes away in the winter, but in reality, it doesn’t. Mold spores lay dormant when temperatures drop below freezing, activating again once the ambient environment reaches between 60 and 80 degrees. With enough moisture and an adequate food source, you can expect it to spread in your living spaces and wreak havoc on your indoor air quality.
Controlling humidity levels and preventing moisture buildup are key to minimizing mold issues. HVAC installation contractor Sherrell Air Conditioning & Heating shares tips on how to do so here.
Ensure adequate attic ventilation. A well-vented attic creates negative pressure to draw fresh air in and push moist, stale air out through a system of intake and exhaust vents. Together with sufficient insulation, you reduce the risk of mold growth inside your attic and living spaces. Humidity, after all, can’t condense if the attic maintains the same temperature as the outdoor air.
Use exhaust fans. Turn on the exhaust fan every time you cook food, do the dishes or take hot showers. This way, you’ll lower humidity levels and prevent mold from accumulating inside the kitchen and bathroom. You’ll also get rid of mold and other airborne contaminants that may be floating in the air you breathe.
Change your furnace air filter. Heating service technicians recommend replacing your furnace air filter regularly. This will improve the efficiency and performance of your HVAC system, not to mention help prevent mold and other airborne particles from getting inside your living spaces.
Get rid of mold stains. If you see mold streaks or stains on walls, ceilings and other surfaces, remove them immediately. Mix bleach or vinegar with water and apply this to the affected areas. This will kill the mold growth already taking place.
Sherrell Air Conditioning & Heating specializes in providing heating system replacement and air conditioning repair services. Call (972) 216-1961 (Dallas) or (713) 595-4986 (Houston) to get started. You may also fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.