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Installing Ceiling Fans Is a Great Way to Prevent Mold Inside Your Home

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Installing Ceiling Fans Is a Great Way to Prevent Mold Inside Your Home

Mold is a perseverant devil every homeowner would like to save their home from. People even fear to see mold in dreams since it’s associated with pessimism and negativity. However, it’s so common that everyone comes across it at least once in their lifetime. So, what actually is mold and why is it so dreaded? Let’s examine in detail.

What Is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that grows on plants, foods, and walls. It is a tiny, living micro-organism that reproduces itself. It produces allergens that are harmful to our respiratory organs. Their color varies from green to black with soft sponge like structure.

Once it enters the home, it starts dominating the areas where it finds conducive environment to reproduce. It spreads easily throughout the home. Drywall, carpet, wooden flooring, shower edges, debris, unwanted stocks, window framing, inside of walls, leaking pipes, and moist ceiling tiles are some of the areas where mold grows easily and faster if left unchecked.

Mold not only damages your property but it can also cause serious health issues, especially allergies and respiratory problems. Exposure to high levels of mold can cause coughing, sneezing, headache, fatigue, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and autoimmune disorders, among others.

It can be extremely difficult to get rid of mold once it starts growing. So, it’s always better to take preventive measures so that it does not grow in your home in the first place. If mold has already captivated certain areas inside your home, take immediate action before it spoils the entire house with dirty smell and toxins.

How to Detect Mold Growth

There are various methods to test and detect the presence of mold. If you smell something musty or odd, say for instance, something like an odor coming from moist clothes left for too long, there may be mold growing in your home. Sometimes, you may notice a visual sign in the form of black, green, white, or yellow substance sitting on the surface of furniture, carpet, walls, or some other object. If you have the slightest doubt that there could be mold growing somewhere in your home, you should approach a professional to get your home inspected for mold.

Moisture laden areas are the focal point in professional inspection. These areas may include bathroom walls, basements, kitchen exhausts, pipes, and so on. Professionals may also use a moisture meter to check the content of moisture in the air, especially on the floor, ceilings and walls. Presence of moisture increases the chances of mold growth. A moisture test also tells you how well your heating and cooling system is functioning.

Ceiling Fans Can Prevent Mold Growth

Ensuring proper ventilation and airflow is an important step in preventing mold growth. Something as simple as ceiling fans can help you prevent mold and mildew inside of the home. They also help you save on energy bills by reducing the load on your heating and cooling system. Choose the correct type of ceiling fans to install in your living room, bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom.

Craftmade Bellows III Ceiling Fan with stainless steel body for instance would be a great choice for kitchens. You can install a small 26-inch Gulf Coast Mini Breeze ceiling fan in small spaces like bathrooms, stairwells, and galley kitchens. Likewise, Fanimation 24-Inch Pickett Drum Ceiling Fan that comes fitted with a 25 watt LED light would be perfect for controlling humidity in kitchens and porches.

Since moisture is the major factor responsible for mold growth, make sure the moisture content in your indoor air, commonly known as humidity, is not above 60 percent. Ceiling fans provide sufficient air circulation to help the excess moisture dry away from wet walls, floors, and windows.

The bathroom is the most conducive spot where moisture content is the highest. Hot showers produce a lot of steam that needs to be released out from your home. Installing bathroom fans or window fans helps in venting out excess moisture. Increase the air circulation immediately after shower by opening up windows and turning on fans so that wet towels and watery tiles dry up and the moisture content in the air is reduced. If you can, consider wiping off shower faucets and doors. Let the fans run for at least half an hour to completely dry off the bathroom.

The kitchen is another area with high levels of moisture. The steam that comes out during cooking gets settled up on ceilings, windows, and tiles. Presence of smoke, dust, and oil further add to the conductive environment for mold growth. Installing kitchen fans helps in reducing moisture or humidity in the kitchen. Also make sure that you run the exhaust fan while cooking so that hot air, smoke, grease, odor, etc. are sent out.

If you have an attic room, make sure it is well ventilated with a whole-house fan. Since an attic room lies directly below the pitched roof, all the moisture gets accumulated there. Installing ceiling fans in attic floors and rooms is essential for proper circulation of fresh air. A whole-house fan is installed at the center of the house and is often switched on in the evening to exhaust hot air that accumulates near the roof. Ducted whole-house fans are also widely used since they are budget-friendly and do a great job in removing the stale air.

The hot and humid environment in the basement also gives way to mold and mildew, especially if there are no windows or ventilation. So, remember to install ceiling fans in such enclosed areas and rooms too. You may have to keep these fans running continuously most of the time to avoid mold growth.

Bonus Tips

Maintain some gap while placing furniture near the walls. Keep the doors of closets and wardrobes open for some time every day. Also make sure there is proper spacing between the hangers placed inside the closets. Basically, the idea is to ensure circulation of fresh air in every nook and corner so as to keep moisture and mold spores from settling.

During winter, when you hang wet clothes inside the home for drying, turn on the ceiling fans and make sure the room is well-ventilated. Even though ceiling fans by themselves can’t produce fresh air inside a closed home, they make sure that the air is played well between different rooms.

Try to push more moisture outside to prevent wooden flooring, hangers, and other areas from mold growth.

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