How Mold and Mildew affects Indoor Air Quality

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Mold and mildew are fungi that are created by moisture in stagnant air. This leads mold and mildew to commonly grow in places like bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, as well as under carpets and wallpapers. It’s very common that mold affects common peoples homes and it’s incredibly common that it affects hotels. The latter is partly due to their often poor ventilation but also partly due to them often having carpeted floors since these contain moisture for a long time. 

 

Mold and mildew are easily noticeable thanks to their rotten kind of smell. This can be seen as a positive since we atleast notice this pollution with our senses and stop then it from affecting our indoor air quality massively. But since mold always grows in moist and stagnant air, the big problem here is that mold will keep on coming back if we don’t have proper ventilation. 

 

The health consequences from constant mold and mildew pollution on the human body ranges from everywhere from nothing to serious damages. Nothing means that some people aren’t affected by mold at all whilst the serious damages is permanent health consequeces like profound fatigue, coughing, shortness of breath and often recurring fevers. The tange in between these extreme poles are everything from minor allergic reactions to constant allergic reactions when in the space of mold and/or mildew. 

 

So. How do we solve the problem of mold and mildew? 

 

We should first and foremost inspect our whole building and see if there is mold or mildew growing in any area of the house. We should secondly take time ourselves or hire someone to clean it up. Note that it’s really important to be using gloves and eye protection as this can affect your health poorly. 

 

This does, however, not solve this problem forever since the mold will grow back soon again. So, to make sure that mold never grows back we need to keep the air slightly moving and lower the humidity in the areas that mold has been growing. The former is done by installing an ongoing mechanical HVAC system, whilst the ladder is done by installing exhaust fans in the highly affected areas as well as possibly installing a dehumidifier.

 

We know that this might be hard to understand at first. So please contact us on either of our social media channels if you have any questions or if you’re interested in getting a free guidance call on what kind of ventilation system fits bets for your specific house. It’d furthermore be very valuable for you to read this post on energy recovery ventilation until then since it goes through the optimal ventilation system.