Are You Accidentally Inviting Mold to Grow Indoors this Summer?
Updated: Jan 24
One of the greatest things about summer in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is the arrival of warm weather. It makes you want to open windows and doors and let fresh air in after the long, stuffy winter. But if you keep your windows open, are you putting your home and your health at risk? Today we’ll discuss this summertime habit, and why it might be a bad idea to leave your windows open.
Does mold grow in summer?
Mold grows well in most temperatures, but the ideal temperature range for most mold growth is between 60 and 80 degrees. In Coeur d’Alene, there’s usually a bloom of mold spores all throughout the summer because the average temperatures fall right in that range. Summer mold blooms cause an increase in allergic reactions for people who are vulnerable to mold allergies.
Is it bad to leave your windows open in the summer?
Humidity caused by melting snow or early summer rain can create ideal conditions for mold growth, and guess what—opening your doors and windows means you’re creating those conditions inside your home. Warm summer air circulates mold spores, and they begin to take root if they land on a viable food source.
Your home is chock full of materials that mold loves to eat, and leaving your doors and windows open can allow them easy access to the inside of your home. If you have your doors and windows open all summer long, you might have a mold problem. First, learn how to identify indoor mold, and if you notice any signs, contact My Pure Environment for speedy mold remediation.
What should I do to prevent mold growth indoors?
Preventing mold growth is as simple as controlling the humidity in your home or business. Run a dehumidifier to maintain a relative humidity level of 35%. That’s the ideal level to prevent mold growth while preventing damage to your respiratory system from dry air. Remember to empty your humidifier every time you run it, and clean it thoroughly if it begins to grow mold.
My Pure Environment Proudly Serves Coeur d’Alene Homes and Businesses
My Pure Environment has been removing mold from homes and businesses for over 20 years. Our location in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho offers all the same top-notch services as our original location. If you’ve been inviting mold into your home unawares, and think you may have a problem, contact My Pure Environment for a free consultation and virtual inspection today.
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