Humidity is an ever-present reality in Florida. While we can’t change the climate outdoors, we’re lucky to live in an age where we can control the temperature and humidity within our own domain: the home. Controlling the humidity level within our walls is just as important as maintaining the temperature. Should the humidity build up too high, your haven from the outdoors could become a breeding ground for mold. These types of fungi can pose serious health risks to humans and pets, especially to anyone who suffers from allergies, asthma and other respiratory ailments.
6 Tell-Tale Signs of Mold
Fungus is resilient. It can grow on any type of organic matter. This includes anything from insect droppings, to wood, to any moist surface in your home. Most fungi are invisible to the naked eye until it populates into colonies. This means once you’ve seen it, the fungus has already settled in. These organisms can remain alive in a dormant state until RH (humidity) levels and temperatures trigger growth. Signs of high RH levels include:
- Musty smells
- Window Condensation
- Rooms Feel Stuffy or Clammy
- Increased Allergic Reactions or Asthma Attacks
- Moisture Damage (IE: Rotting Wood)
Preventing Mold in Your Home
Keeping your AC equipment well maintained and running smoothly is one of the most effective ways to control humidity and prevent mold and fungus from building up inside your home. Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Lung Association (ALA) recommend that homeowners have their air conditioners professionally serviced regularly.
If it’s been awhile since your air conditioning unit has been serviced, give us a call! We’ll look over the components of your cooling system, from the air filter to the ductwork, and ensure they are cleaned and serviced. We make the homes we service in Sarasota, Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Marco Island, and beyond are safe, healthy and comfortable.
Whether you want to schedule service for your existing HVAC systems or you’d like to explore additional air quality solutions, give us a call at 239-908-4704. We’ll be happy to help!