The hot summer months provide the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Between the mounds of laundry filtrating humidity from the utility room and the multiple hot showers sweltering throughout the bathrooms, moisture has the ability to radiate through the home. If a humidifier is not available, turn on ceiling fans and exhaust fans throughout the home to help dehumidify the air of the forming airborne spores.
Molds produce allergens and potentially toxic substances, providing the opportunity to invite serious health issues. Breathing in mold spores can cause allergic reactions in individuals with current health issues or a sensitivity to allergens and allergic reactions to mold are common. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people.
Some compounds produced by molds have strong smells and are volatile, quickly releasing into the air. These compounds are known as microbial volatile organic compounds (mVOCs). Because mVOCs often have strong or unpleasant odors, they can be the source of the "moldy odor" or musty smell frequently associated with mold growth. A moldy odor suggests that mold is growing in the building and should be investigated. The health effects of inhaling mVOCs are largely unknown, although exposure to mVOCs has been linked to symptoms such as headaches, nasal irritation, dizziness, fatigue, nausea and possible asthma attacks.
Mold, a microscopic fungus that lives on plant and animal matter, can trigger asthma episodes in sensitive individuals with asthma and can be found almost anywhere. Molds grow best in damp places such as kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. Other common asthma triggers: secondhand smoke, pets and dust, outdoor air pollution, cold and flu viruses, exercise and recreation.
You should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if there is substantial visible mold growth inside the air ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. Understand mold detection in heating and cooling systems:
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