If you are fortunate enough to own a home of your very own, chances are you want to keep it in the best condition possible. You maintain it all you can, clean everything, tidy up the cupboard which is hard to reach, and even replace your water filter cartridges. While your efforts are most certainly not in vain, some things are probably out of your control if you exclusively plan to stick with the usual cleaning up. One thing that will greatly affect both your house and you, is the air quality within the house. If you have not thought about it before, then you might not know just how important proper house air quality control is when trying to prevent or combat mold.
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Possible negative effects
While once upon a time, air conditioning was considered a luxury reserved for only the privileged few, it is pretty commonplace nowadays. Let us not forget the sweltering heat which is transformed into bearable conditions indoors thanks to its hard work. However, bad air conditioning can have several negative effects on the house. If your AC is malfunctioning, your house may have sudden spikes in humidity which in itself has several potential health risks. Mould tends to grow in humid and damp areas which can cause respiratory issues for most and some more severe problems for asthmatics. Throat and eye irritation, coughing, wheezing, or even skin irritation. People with compromised immune systems or chronic lung illness, tend to have stronger negative reactions to mold exposure, sometimes even getting serious infections in their lungs.
How air conditioning can help
Besides the obvious positives of air conditioning such as more bearable temperatures indoors, it can help you fight off mold. By being able to control the humidity within the house, you are much more capable of minimizing mold growth and mold spread. Not all AC units come with humidifiers/dehumidifiers, so make sure to invest in a better quality unit from a brand such as TopAirQuality. After you have your mold situation under control, you may enjoy the many other benefits of air conditioning in your location of choice. A well-ventilated and air-conditioned area, not only has improved comfort levels, but also improves job performance and productivity. While AC is sometimes responsible for spreading infectious respiratory diseases due to the nature of air being circulated in the house, it does help exclude external allergens such as pollens. In the end, if you look after your AC unit as well as the rest of your house then it should greatly improve the air quality in your home.
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As previously mentioned, air quality can be an enormous help when trying to prevent or fight mold, but there are more ways to go about it. If you have any noticeable drafts due to “leaky” windows or doors, then try to get them replaced or fixed. Preemptively take care of leaky roofs, windows, and pipes so that water does not get onto the inside of the walls. Make sure to keep your bathroom, shower, kitchen, and laundry areas well ventilated as well.