Health hazard mold – influence of the room climate on the formation of moldIt occurs more frequently than is often amed and yet its causes and consequences are often unknown – mold. Far over 100.000 types of mold exist, but we usually encounter only two or three of them in our lives. Most people encounter the so-called white mold on perishable foodstuffs. But mold can also spread in homes – and it can do so extremely quickly and largely unnoticed. If the fungus is not detected early enough, there are clear risks to health. Here only a fast reorganization helps, which usually accompanies however with large costs. The surest way to preserve your health and home comfort: Using the right methods to prevent mold from forming.
The topics at a glance
– How mold develops in the home?
– Effects mold infestation on home and health?
– How to prevent mold growth?
How mold develops in the home?
Mold usually develops where it is damp, because moisture is the optimal breeding ground for rapid and widespread spreading. Above all kitchen, bath, in addition, the bedroom are particularly frequently concerned.
There are usually two main reasons for the development of mold. On the one hand, structural defects, such as improper thermal insulation, use of inferior materials and workmanship, as well as inadequate waterproofing can lead to the formation of mold. In this situation only a complex reorganization helps to the removal of the present construction lacks.
On the other hand, many people forget to ventilate properly out of convenience and ignorance. Often it is simply not possible for them to provide for a sufficient air exchange in the dwellings by occupation and vacation. Learn more about this topic in our guide: mold in the home.
What are the effects of mold infestation on home and health?
The fungus makes itself visible through a fluffy, black or green spore network on walls or other surfaces. If the mold penetrates into the masonry, there is a high risk of serious damage to the building fabric. The value of a property is demonstrably significantly reduced by an area-wide mold infestation. Learn more about maintaining the value of a property in our guidebook.
What many people do not know: mold spores can spread in indoor air. As microscopic particles, they are invisible to the human eye and settle on the skin and can enter the respiratory tract. The health consequences range from headaches and skin rashes to respiratory problems and serious lung diseases such as asthma.
How to prevent mold growth?
In order to keep mold out of the home permanently and prevent illnesses and expensive remediation work, the first thing to pay attention to is the right indoor climate. Excessively warm temperatures above 22°C provide optimal growing conditions. The higher the temperature, the more moisture can be absorbed, which provides an ideal breeding ground for mold growth. A temperature of up to 21°C is appropriate. Unless a ventilation system has been installed, it is advisable to intermittently ventilate several times a day with the windows fully open, for 10 to 15 minutes. Learn more about optimal humidity here.
But it can also be simpler. With the help of a decentralized living room ventilation, you save yourself the constant window ventilation. Minimize your heating costs at the same time with efficient heat recovery of up to 91. Because the windows can remain permanently closed, no insects or pollen enter the living spaces (hay fever& Pollen allergy). Likewise noise. Other noise minimized. Another advantage: the closed windows significantly reduce the risk of burglary through tilted windows.
The automatic mode of the getAir SmartFan always ensures the best indoor climate. Built-in sensor measures humidity and temperature inside and out. The system runs fully automatically, without you having to take care of it.
How to achieve a comfortable indoor climate in which mold spores do not stand a chance.
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