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Stop Mold From Creeping Up In Your Home During The Holidays

Black mold spores around a door frame ceiling and wall

There’s nothing better than spending a cozy holiday at home with your loved ones — and nothing worse than having poor indoor air quality during winter! With our windows closed and the same air recirculating over and over again, it’s no wonder our air can get stale. But when poor indoor air quality becomes unhealthy due to indoor pollutants, action is needed.

Why does my home have mold growth?

There are many reasons a home may have a problem with mold during winter: higher temperatures and excess moisture are the most common.

High Temperatures

Many homeowners will be cranking up the thermostat at one point or another this winter. Unfortunately, many types of mold are comfortable in the same temperature range that we are. Anything above 70 degrees Fahrenheit can help to facilitate mold growth.

Excess Moisture

Excessive humidity can come from many sources in your home: unseen leaks, condensation from bathing or cooking, and poor ventilation are some common examples.

Mold is a living organism that requires water in order to grow. In fact, mold only needs 24-48 hours in conducive conditions in order to spread. Controlling the humidity in your home by turning on exhaust fans in the bathroom and while cooking can help cut back on excessive humidity.

Your HVAC system keeps temperatures comfortable, but it also helps to regulate humidity in your home. If you see condensation on the inside of your windows and feel stuffy in your own home, you may have a problem with your heating system.

Bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and attics are all spaces where mold may be commonly found in your home. By taking care of your indoor air quality and scheduling repairs as soon as you notice an issue with your HVAC system, you can save your IAQ and the holidays from mold this year. Contact our team online or by phone at (612) 324-1015 to speak to a member of our team today!