You may think that the cooler temperatures keep mold growth at bay, but the winter months are just as important when it comes to mold testing as the warmer times of year. Most homes are tightly sealed and closed up for the winter, which can trap moisture and humidity, a perfect environment for mold growth and proliferation. During the fall and winter months, mold works to break down dead plant material such as leaves, and increases mold spore activity by releasing spores into the air.
Increasing the temperature on your thermostat raises the amount of warm air in the home, which often has no way to escape. The combination of warmer air and tight insulation increases the chances of mold and mildew growth, especially in areas with more moisture or humidity such as a shower. Corner rooms also tend to have a higher chance for mold growth since they are exposed to more colder air and a higher level of humidity than that of adjoining rooms.
Common areas in addition to corner rooms that are more prone to mold growth are the exterior surfaces of dry wall and sheet rock. Paper, clothing, and books can also attract mold in humid and moist environments such as basements, and it is best to keep these items stored in cool, dry places.
The use of humidifiers is common during the colder months, but it is important to make sure your home environment does not become too humid in the process. You should aim to keep the humidity levels below 60 percent, and ideally between 35 and 45 percent during the winter to reduce the chance of mold and mildew growth. Mold testing by the professionals at Purely Green Environmental can help identify areas of concern and plans of action when it comes to winter mold growth.
If you suspect your home has a mold issue this winter, schedule your mold testing with Purely Green Environmental by calling 888-291-3773.