PART 3: Mold, Bacteria and Virus control
It’s almost impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores in your home, but because mold spores can’t grow without moisture, reducing moisture in your home is the simplest way to prevent or eliminate mold growth. If you already see mold growing in your home, it’s important to clean up the mold and fix the problem causing dampness. If you clean up the mold but don’t fix the problem, the mold will most likely continue.
Mold control therefore mostly comes down to moisture control in the home. Here are a few simple steps for you to follow:
- Use a Dehumidifier or Air Conditioner to reduce moisture in the air.
- Keep humidifier and air conditioner drain pans clean and draining properly to avoid standing water.
- Open doors between rooms to increase air circulation. Increase air circulation by using fans and by moving furniture from wall corners. Have a heating contractor provide additional supply or return vents if your ductwork can not provide adequate circulation.
- Repair any water line or drain leaks to eliminate standing stagnant water.
- Be certain that your clothes dryer is properly vented to the outdoors and not restricted.
- If water is entering the basement from the outside, your options range from simple landscaping to extensive excavation and waterproofing. The ground should slope away from your house and all rain gutters should be directed at least 5 feet away from the foundation.
- Spread out your laundry and showering times a little to allow excessive moisture producing periods to dissipate.
Biological and chemical contaminants such as mold, bacteria, viruses, allergens, cooking and pet odors, cigarette smoke, and many other airborne pollutants are so small that they can pass through even the highest efficient merv filters.
Just like the Sun’s UVC and UVV rays, UV Systems produce the exact same UV wavelengths, bringing the same natural process into homes and buildings. The Sun delivers specific UV wavelengths that kill most biological and chemical contaminants that are introduced into the atmosphere. When properly installed a UV lite will provide immediate results in both odor removal and virus control.
Ozone levels emitted from devices that purify the air need to remain very low in order to avoid creating lung damage in exposed beings. Initial results may provide a masking effect of odors but safe levels from ozone generators are still not high enough to kill microorganisms in the air. Even though Ozone can be used successfully to purify water in some applications the reactions are taking place under water where people are not generally exposed.
Houseplants are an excellent idea and can help to enhance your indoor air quality. They will also make you feel a bit more cheery. Living closer to nature may actually even help increase your quality of life.
NASA reported that houseplants were able to reduce up to 87 percent of indoor air toxins in 24 hours. They recommended using 15 to 18 ‘good-sized’ houseplants in 6 to 8-inch diameter containers for an 1800 square-foot house.