Mold is a problem that can grow in the home or office, and it can have adverse effects on your air quality. Mold grows by feeding off organic materials such as wood, paper, and carpeting. Once mold starts to grow in these materials, they emit spores into the air, which are so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye. These harmful spores have been linked to respiratory problems such as asthma attacks, allergies, and chronic lung disease. In this blog post, we will provide you with information about how mold affects the air quality in your home.
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Mold spores are microscopic and float through the air, gathering dust particles. Mold spores are so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye, but once inhaled can lead to respiratory problems like asthma attacks, allergies, and chronic lung disease.
Mold is a problem that can grow in your home or office if not kept under control. As mold grows, it emits more harmful spores into the air, which collect dust particles from your furniture or carpeting, for example. These spores contain allergens such as mycotoxins and endotoxins that have been linked to illnesses mentioned above when they enter the body through inhalation of particulates from moldy surfaces in contact with water vapors.
Studies show that mold toxins may cause lung damage if inhaled. The Environmental Protection Agency says that spores can have a toxic reaction in humans and recommends using respirators when cleaning moldy areas to avoid breathing them into your lungs.
Another way mold affects the air quality of your home is by its odor. Mold has a very distinctive smell, and when left untreated for too long, the odor can become increasingly stronger. The smell is often described as earthy or musty, and when it becomes too strong, it can become difficult to live somewhere with a mold problem.
Mold growth also creates an abundance of moisture in your home that is then released into the air causing the humidity to increase. This will leave you with higher electric bills because it requires more energy to cool down your house due to this added moisture.
Mold can also lead to higher carbon dioxide levels in the air as it feeds off organic matter.
The way you can determine if mold is a problem in your home and whether or not it may affect your air quality is by observing for visible signs. These include water damage on ceilings and walls, discoloration from dead mold spores, musty smells near windowsills where condensation droplets have been present for long periods, stains on carpets caused by standing water which has also given rise to local pockets of humidity. Mold can also grow behind drywall, so there might be areas inside closets with panels coming loose due to this growth.
If you identify any mold growth in your home, it is advisable to call in a professional to conduct a mold inspection or test, and they will be able to advise you on the best course of action.
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