The winter season is the time of the year when we spend much of our everyday lives indoors. Whether working from home, enjoying the holiday time off or otherwise, your indoor conditions need to be kept under tight scrutinization. This is especially important when it comes to mold prevention. Today, we’ll explore why in more detail.
Less Fresh Outdoor Air
With today’s modern, eco-efficient, and energy-saving air-tight homes, there are fewer opportunities to let fresh air in; therefore, you need to rely more on your established heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Getting a professional mold inspection to assess the levels of airborne particulates and to determine effective air dilution, filtration, and airflow will help mitigate stale air and improve air quality.
Outside Moisture Coming in
Whether you have a stone or poured foundation, cracks, structural deficiencies, and poor exterior, stormwater management can let moisture enter your building or wall assemblies and precipitate mold growth. Poor window seals is another example, as well as worn-out chimney flashing and cracks around ventilation exhausts. There could also be damage to shingles or other parts of the roof that cause moisture buildup in the attic. Whatever the case may be, this can lead to the development and proliferation of mold; although problems may gradually arise early on and manifest itself during the frigid months when indoor conditions are not optimal.
High Humidity Causes Mold
Your indoor relative humidity should be between 40 and 60 percent in order to maintain a healthy, comfortable environment for all occupants. However, in some cases, especially if you use steam-based humidification or have a humidifier installed onto your furnace, this can lead to condensation buildup on windows and other surfaces. This condition can be amplified when it’s extremely cold outside. If not properly addressed and/or if the humidity is not set to the optimum range, there’s a chance for mold, bacteria, and viruses to thrive within your home.
The best thing you can do for yourself and your home is to get an indoor mold testing and inspection service arranged. Ensure absolute peace of mind and be well-informed on how to address and rectify your air quality concerns. You can count on our expertise at Indoor Air Quality Ottawa. Get in touch with us today!