One of the keys to maintaining your home as a safe and comfortable place to live is avoiding the growth of mold. Mold can be tricky because it often grows out of sight, allowing it to spread significantly before you notice or become aware of some symptoms. Then, after that much growth, the work that needs to be done to repair your home and eliminate the moldy areas can be quite costly.
One of the ways to deal with mold problems is through the use of an air purifier. Whether you already know of some mold issues, or you just want to make sure they never become a problem in the future, it’s worth learning about air purifiers for mold. Let’s take a look at this topic in the article below and be sure to reach out to Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric if you would like help adding this feature to your HVAC system.
Understanding the Challenge of using an Air Purifier for Mold
Right off the bat, we need to make it clear that the goal with an air purifier is not to “remove the mold” from your home. That is an impossible goal – mold is always around us in the air, everywhere we go. So, rather than aiming to eliminate mold, you can cut down on the number of mold spores present in your indoor space, which might improve your health.
Before using an air purifier, one step you can take to reduce mold exposure is to make sure your home is ventilated as often as possible by opening up windows and letting the outside air mix in. Again, this doesn’t eliminate mold, but it does bring fresh air in and allow some of the accumulated mold spores in the air to mix with the outdoor air which will likely contain much less mold. So, as the weather allows, make it a point to open up some windows and let your home breathe.
A Couple of Approaches
Beyond opening windows, using an air purifier is the best way to deal with mold issues in your house. This is an active approach that will cut down on mold spores while also taking other pollutants and allergens out of the air. If you want to use an air purifier, there are two ways to go – buying a portable unit that can be plugged into the wall and set up in a specific room in your home, or having a whole-home unit added to your HVAC system.
Using a portable air purifier is a useful way to create cleaner air in a small space, but it is never going to compare with the performance that a whole-home unit can provide. Simply put, an air purifier that is attached to your HVAC system will move dramatically more air through it than a portable unit, and as a result, the volume of air that is cleaned is exponentially higher. Also, built-in equipment won’t take up space in a room like a portable unit sitting on the floor, so that is another nice bonus. Yes, you’ll need to spend more upfront to purchase a whole-home purifier and have it installed, but that’s an investment that will pay off nicely for years to come.
Get to the Heart of the Problem
As mentioned above, mold is always around us. But if your home has a significant level of mold in the air and you deal with health symptoms as a result, it’s important to look into the problem and figure out where that mold comes from. Using an air purifier will help keep your air cleaner and should cut down on your symptoms, but mold may still grow somewhere and that issue needs to be addressed. Consider bringing in a mold remediation team to explore your home for potential areas of mold growth so those sections can be thoroughly cleaned up and restored to good condition. After this bringing in a team like Walker can help keep your air clean.
So Many Benefits
Adding an air purifier can help with mold issues, but it has much more to offer your home. With so much to gain, and considering the modest cost of having this equipment added to your system, the choice is an easy one in the end. Enjoy better air than ever before in your Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex home by turning to Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric to have an air purifier installed right away. Call today.