Managing Mold Problems
in the Home

Mold problems are never much fun to have to around the home. Finding a moldy sandwich in the fridge is quickly dealt with; you just put it in the trash, and the problem is solved. But when you discover mold growing on a bathroom wall, for example, then the solution is not that simple.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at what can be done to combat mold around the home and make an informed decision as to which is the best air purifier for mold problems.

What is Mold & Why Does it Occur?

Mold is a type of fungi that belongs to a group of organisms including mushrooms and yeasts. To allow mold spores to grow and reproduce, a food source (dust, dirt, or organic matter) and moisture are required.

Mold can be black, grey, green, or white. It often looks like a stain or smudge and may smell musty.  Molds are present virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors and can grow in and on materials such as:

  • Food
  • Fabrics
  • Furniture
  • Rugs
  • Walls
  • Paper
  • Timber
  • Plumbing and fixtures

It can also grow outside in compost and decaying leaves and vegetation.


Mold can grow anywhere around the home, but some areas are more prone to problems. These include:

 

  • High humidity areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Areas with poor ventilation, such as cupboards and closets.
  • Areas of the home with poor insulation.

Can Mold Affect the Health of my Family?

Mold Syptoms

If you live in a home which has issues with damp and mould  then you are more likely to have respiratory problems, respiratory infections, allergies or asthma.

It’s also now known that damp and mould can affect your immune system.

Simple Ways to Combat Mold Growth.

Good ventilation is one of the best ways to restrict the growth of mold around the home. Regularly opening doors and windows to allow air movement and removing condensation where possible will help keep mold at bay.

Using extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom will remove moisture from the air in those rooms and also help to reduce the chances of mold taking hold.

There are times though that even with taking careful steps to allow air movement, that you still have problems with mold growth.

Can An Air Purifier Help?

In short, yes.

Air purifiers work by using a system of internal fans to pull the air in your home through a series of filters that remove moisture particles and also harmful airborne particles like dust, mold spores, pollen, and bacteria.

The air purifier then circulates the purified air back into the room. This process repeats itself several times an hour, keeping your environment healthy.

An air purifier also helps to combat odors. Meaning a room effected by mold will also start, so smell much better after a few days! Of course, the smell of mold isn’t the only odor an air purifier can help with, smoke, pet, and kitchen odors can all be significantly reduced with the deployment of an air purifier in the home.

But before you invest in an air purifier you need some clarity on exactly what you need for your particular situation. That’s why we’ve put together our guide on Choosing an Air Purifier.