HOW TO STOP MOULD IN ITS TRACKS17 Oct
After a summer of scorching temperatures, we all sigh with relief when the temperatures drop to 33 or 34°C in October, and we adjust our air conditioners to compensate for the fading heat outside.
While our DEWA bills start to decrease and we plan to spend more time outdoors, we must still keep an eye on the moisture build-up inside our homes. The presence of excess moisture can lead to mould growth, especially the dreaded ‘black mould’. Dark greenish or brown in colour, this is a fungus or one of several types of fungus, that includes common species like Stachybotrys chartarum. Mould can cause many health problems, including wheezing, nasal congestion and coughing.
Here are some top tips to help control and prevent excessive moisture in your home:
1. CLEAN AND DISINFECT YOUR AC FILTERS
Your AC unit on its own may not be a conducive place for mould growth. But air filters clogged with dust can become a source of organic food for mould. Cleaning your air filters regularly can do wonders to prevent mould in your air conditioner.
2. RUN YOUR AC EVERY NOW AND THEN DURING WINTER
This will help to improve airflow within your home, even if the weather doesn’t demand it. Insufficient indoor airflow is one of the primary reasons for mould build-up. One of the main functions of your AC duct is to circulate indoor air.
3. BUT TURN OFF YOUR AC IF YOU SPOT AN ISSUE!
If your AC ducts have mould growing inside them, the spores are sure to be distributed all over your home as well. The best way to avoid mould from spreading across your home is to turn off your AC unit as soon as you spot an issue and call a reliable professional to have your ducts cleaned and disinfected. Regular duct cleaning will also get rid of the dirt and dust in your ductwork, ensuring that mould has no source of organic matter to latch itself on to.
4. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO DAMP AREAS
Sinks are the most common culprit when it comes to mould growth, as even a minor leak in your kitchen or bathroom sink could lead to an outbreak. If you live in a villa, your water tank is another place you need to inspect regularly for mould growth.
Make sure your doors and windows are sealed tightly shut to ensure that there’s no room for extra moisture that can contribute to mould growth.
Mould can spread quickly and across vast areas so it is always better to get quick, professional help. Speak to the experts at We Will Fix It to inspect your water tanks and AC units for mould growth.
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