We recently came across this winter awareness page from the Minnesota state government proving mold can be a threat during winter almost anywhere. Here are a couple more sources of moisture during the winter that can lead to mold growth if homeowners aren’t careful.
Archive for November, 2010
Mold needs warmer temperatures to grow. So why do we make such a big deal about it in the winter? Because it can find those warm temps in the home, and as this article notes, indoor air pollutant levels are two to five times higher than those outside. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a significant concern in the winter.
This time of year many homeowners are winterizing their homes to make them more energy efficient and reduce heating costs. They don’t often think about the steps needed to prevent excess moisture that promote mold growth during the winter, but it’s even more important because it affects health. Fortunately, the same solutions can fix both problems, so check out this list of steps you should take now.
While mold is a year-round problem, there are several conditions in the winter that encourage its growth as this article points out. As always the primary factor is keeping indoor humidity below 60 percent. Here are some winter factors that can raise the humidity.