Indoor air quality isn’t all about unpleasant odors. Low-quality indoor air can seriously affect your health, especially when mold is involved. The DFW area’s humidity levels may not be the highest in Texas, but they’re high enough to contribute to mold growth.
An unhealthful amount of mold can form even in the cleanest home. It often grows in crawl spaces, inside walls, in attics and basements and other places you don’t see during routine housekeeping.
Mold spores enter from outdoors through windows and doors, cracks in the building, and even on your shoes and clothing.
In many homes in the Fort Worth/Arlington area, indoor humidity above 60 percent and damp building material give those spores a chance to grow. Some of this moisture comes from outdoor air, but tightly sealed homes can also experience high humidity problems. Showering, cooking, and housekeeping all add to your indoor humidity. Your body releases moisture through breathing and perspiration. Leaky plumbing and roofs also add to humidity.
Once established, mold produces spores that lower your indoor air quality and irritate your respiratory system. Among the health issues mold can cause are:
- Airway irritation — If you’re sensitive to molds, you may develop a cough, itchy eyes, a stuffy nose, and a scratchy throat
- Skin irritation — Some people develop skin rashes from exposure to mold spores.
- Asthma symptoms — Mold spores can worsen existing asthma symptoms, but they can also cause asthma-like symptoms in people without asthma.
- Greater asthma risk — Some research suggests mold in the home increases a child’s risk of developing asthma.
The first step in controlling your indoor humidity is to repair any plumbing and roof leaks. Other ways to improve your indoor air quality include installing a balanced ventilation system, installing a dehumidifier, and upgrading your HVAC air filtration system with an ultraviolet (UV) light air cleaner.
If you’d like professional guidance on how to improve your home’s air quality or you’re interested in installing new HVAC equipment, contact us at AirRite Air Conditioning Company, Inc. Wherever you are in the Fort Worth/Arlington area, we can help you keep your home comfortable and healthful.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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