Prevent Mold By Running Your Air Conditioner

Leave On The Air Conditioning To Avoid Mold

Molds are part of the natural environment, and can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold is not usually a problem, unless it begins growing indoors. The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture.

In especially humid climates, you can leave your air conditioner running to not only cool your home, but help remove moisture from the air, and circulate and filter the air to avoid mold.

Molds can have a big impact on indoor air quality. Molds thrive when the humidity levels exceed 70 percent. Because humidity levels vary from day to day, the thermostat should be left at or below 74 degrees, and the fan should have been set to on.

What if the home is empty?

It is especially important to protect vacant houses, such as properties for sale or rent which may be temporarily closed off. In the summer, for example, a closed house with the air-conditioning turned off will have higher humidity levels than an air-conditioned home.

A vacant house also receives little or no sunlight through closed shades and no air movement with the fan off and the doors locked. The resulting enclosed dark and damp environment can create a perfect situation for mold spores to grow.

Be wary of treating a home for mold and leaving the home unattended and closed off afterward. Mold cleaning and mold remediation processes disturb the spores, which become airborne and can settle on unclean or untreated surfaces, where they continue to thrive in the humid, warm, dark conditions.

Protect your largest investment, your home, from mold by leaving the air conditioner on during humid conditions. Also read 10 Things You Should Know About Mold.

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