When it is found in nature, mold is a beneficial fungus that helps break down leaves and other bits of natural detritus to keep soil fertilized allowing new plants to grow and thrive. When mold grows indoors, however, it becomes a problem. Exposure to mold and mold spores can be quite bad for your health, and can cause both allergy symptoms and asthma attacks. In high concentration, certain kinds of mold can even be toxic.
Molds spread and grow through the use of tiny spores, which travel through the air to find new places to grow, just as other plants scatter seeds on the wind. When these spores settle on a hospitable surface, they will quickly begin to grow and multiply. The perfect habitat for mold is somewhere damp and dark. Although mold prefers porous surfaces on which to grow – such as wood or cloth – any surface will do under the right conditions. The key element for mold growth is humidity and moisture, and the greater these are the better chance mold has to grow. Bathrooms, kitchens, and basements are very common places to find mold for just this reason, but with enough moisture, mold can grow anywhere.
What are some ways to control mold in your home?
If you notice mold growing in your home, don’t delay in tackling the problem. Mold can grow and spread rapidly, so the sooner you begin to clean it up the better. If mold is found in small, isolated areas of the home it can usually be cleaned and managed without professional assistance. On hard surfaces mold can be scrubbed away and the area disinfected with bleach, while steam cleaning should be used on fabrics and upholstery. If you notice many patches of mold, or if the mold has spread more across more than a few feet in one area, it may be necessary to call in an expert in mold removal.
Once the mold has been cleaned, you can keep it from coming back by managing your indoor environment. One of the most important steps for controlling mold is to control the moisture levels inside your home. Relative humidity within your home should ideally remain between 30 – 50%, but definitely below 60% in order to inhibit mold growth. You can help to reduce humidity in your home by providing ventilation and airflow in bathrooms and in the kitchen, making sure to open windows and turn on your fans whenever you are doing something that creates steam – from cooking and showering to running a dishwasher or washing machine. If you struggle to keep humidity levels low, consider using a dehumidifier in trouble areas.
Other ways to control mold growth in your home include checking frequently for wet areas and leaking pipes under the sink, as well as making sure to keep all surfaces in your home clean and disinfected. Mold spores can still enter your indoor air from the outside, so adding an air purifier to filter them out of the air can be an excellent way to help stop mold spores from settling on surfaces and starting to grow.
Why Use Rabbit Air?
Removing mold spores from the air is a crucial part of controlling mold growth in the home and preventing it from spreading. Rabbit Air uses special technology that works to eliminate mold spores from the air all while using an ultra quiet brushless direct current motor, so that your home remains both clean and comfortable. Our MinusA2 air purifiers have a six-stage filtration system to effectively remove mold spores from your indoor air. Air is drawn in from the room through our five special filters that not only capture mold spores but remove many other troublesome pollutants as well, such as dust, pollen, and chemical VOCs. The clean air is then imbued with beneficial negative ions from our Negative Ion Generator as it flows back into the room.
What makes this filtration process so effective and unique are our filters, which have been specially designed using advanced technology. Other air purifiers use standard glass and fiber materials on their HEPA filters, allowing mold to grow and multiply inside the machine. Rabbit Air uses a unique BioGS HEPA filter which has been made with a bio-engineered fiber material that not only traps mold spores but prevents them from continuing to grow. This allows our filters to keep on running with maximum efficiency for a longer period of time. Rabbit Air’s MinusA2 air purifier is also customizable, allowing owners to boost efficiency against the air pollutant that troubles them the most. Our Germ Defense Customized Filter adds another layer of defense against mold, filtering out airborne mold spores and preventing them from growing in your home.
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