Mold is a common nuisance in many homes and businesses. In the past, people have been using air purifiers to rid their home of allergens. But are all air purifiers efficient at removing mold from a home?
How Does Mold Affect Our Health
Some people are more sensitive to mold exposure than others. The most affected individuals are those who are allergic to mold or suffer from asthma. The symptoms of an allergic reaction to mold include sneezing; itchy eyes, itchy throat, watery eyes, runny nose, coughs, and skin rashes. Even if you’re not allergic to mold, long-term exposure may cause several problems, such as irritant reactions (headache, skin irritation, eye irritation, and coughs). You should minimize the mold in your home or business to avoid such health hazards.
What Are Spores
Mold is an essential part of nature and can be found just about anywhere. Mold spores are airborne micro particles that act as the “seeds” which mold needs in order to spread. While mold spores are also present in homes, the actual visible mold grows only when it has the correct conditions. It requires a source of food, moisture, and warm temperatures. Unfortunately, most homes meet those requirements, causing the potential for health risks from mold.
What Can Air Purifiers Do For Your Home
There are several types of air purifiers, but those that are the most effective at removing mold spores from indoor air are high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) air purifiers. HEPA filters capture 99.97% of 0.3 micron particles, including dust and other allergens, and an even higher percentage of larger particles. Since mold spores are most often about 1-20 microns, the HEPA filter is great for extracting mold spores from the air. However, air purifiers should not be used to treat the underlying mold problem.
What Air Purifiers Can’t Do
Although HEPA air purifiers can efficiently filter mold spores out of the air, you need to remove the mold first if you have a mold problem in your home or business. Air purifiers will remove mold spores, but can’t remove mold growth. To get rid of a mold problem, it’s best to call a mold remediation company. These companies have extensive experience dealing with and removing mold from residential or commercial properties. Furthermore, they use specialized equipment and techniques to find and remove mold growth.
If you or a family member is allergic or sensitive to mold spores, air purifiers can significantly help improve the air. They can effectively filter out mold spores and other allergens from the air. Moreover, air purifiers can help prevent mold growth by stopping mold spores from spreading around your home. However, air purifiers won’t kill the mold that’s already growing on surfaces. Remove the mold and fix the moisture problem to get rid of the mold infestation.
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