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Air Purifiers and Treating Mold

Mold is a common problem in households situated in wet, humid environments. It can even become a major problem in the winter, when...

Mold is a common problem in households situated in wet, humid environments. It can even become a major problem in the winter, when condensation on windows can lead to mold growing around your window sill. Not taking care of a mold problem early on can lead to a myriad of problems ranging from the damage of your property to health concerns, so it is always in your best interest to tackle any mold problems as soon as they arise.

There are a number of health problems that may arise from mold growing in your home. Especially vulnerable are those with weakened immune systems (e.g. those taking immunosuppressants), young children, infants, elderly, and those suffering from asthma. Symptoms may vary from throat irritation, sneezing, coughing, eye irritation, sinus congestion, and other respiratory problems. Given enough time to spread, the mold can cause severe reactions and symptoms, so it best to deal with mold as quickly as possible.

 

Mold is a problem that stems from excess moisture, whether that is from flooding, leaks, rain, or simply condensation from cold surfaces such as a window during the winter. Therefore, it stands to reason that getting rid of the moisture is the fastest and easiest solution to the problem – wherein lies the problem for an “easy” solution. For example, getting rid of the moisture caused by condensation on windows during cold winters requires reducing the humidity of the home to levels where it is difficult for condensation to form easily. Any surfaces surrounding the window sill that can absorb the moisture, such as the wallpaper, then need to be cleaned thoroughly of any mold with bleach or other cleaners suitable for whatever surface was affected. Then they need to be left out to dry completely, which can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

These steps are true for most things affected by mold. The same steps need to be taken whether mold is detected on a leather couch or a piece of wooden furniture. The only exceptions are with mold that grows on cloth or other porous substances. These items should generally be thrown away, as the mold deep inside the fabric is difficult to get rid of manually. Without thoroughly cleaning the mold, there is a chance that the mold by come back or even affect your health, as people may have reactions even to dead mold and spore particles.

Once the mold problem has been identified and treated, there is only one thing left to do: prevention. Taking steps to prevent mold from forming to begin with is easily the most effective thing one can do. Prevention involves controlling the humidity levels of the home and using an air purifier to capture any potential mold spores in the air from spreading to another area. While controlling the humidity of a home may be a bit more of a challenge due to the cost of a dehumidifier, capturing mold spores with an air purifier is a relatively simple task.

Clair-TD1866 Filter after 3 days in moldy area

Indeed, mold spores are 3 to 40 microns in size, so air purifier with a true HEPA filter or a Clair air purifier with an e2f filter will be able to capture any free roaming mold spores in the air.   Capturing these spores is important because these spores are the cause of mold spreading to other areas of a home. Simply because one room is completely mold free does not mean it will stay that way if there are other mold infected rooms in your home – unless you have an effective air purifier.

 

2 Comments

Brent Lesnar - Dec 26, 2014

I’ve had a serious mold problem in my basement with black mold growing on the walls. I’ve cleaned it now and have a fan blowing towards it to keep it from growing again. I wonder if these purifiers will help with that.

Go-Clair - Dec 26, 2014

@Brent Lesnar, Air purifiers do not help in treating mold. They do however prevent mold from spreading elsewhere by capturing the mold spores.

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