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Mold Spores One of the Leading Indoor Air Pollution Sources

  • Apr 05, 2022
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One of the primary indoor air pollution sources is mold, with spores all around us and ready to spread given the slightest chance. While using a Whirlpool Whispure Air Purifier is a great way to clean your air, it cannot solve an active mold problem. This whirlpool model can remove mold spores in the air, but remediation of mold is necessary before any system can purify indoor air.

Mold is a health issue because it secretes toxins, which can cause respiratory ailments for anyone who inhales them. Studies have indicated that the very young and the elderly have more complications from mold, but no one is immune. HEPA filters are considered a top way to catch mold spores and purify the air that passes through their filters, but there have to be enough filters within a home to clean the air sufficiently.

If you study the Winix Air Purifier Review, you will find what an excellent HEPA filter can do for the indoor environment, but it cannot solve all the problems with mold any more than any other filter can. The homeowner must take a proactive approach to eliminate active mold and remove other toxins that do not pass through the HEPA filter.

What Other Steps Must Be Taken

Establishing enough room air purifiers to care for the entire home is a good move for your health and well-being, but whatever is feeding mold must be found and eradicated along with any parts of the home that are infested with the mold. If a leaky roof is a problem, stopping the leak is only part of the solution.

Walls and floors that have had active mold on them for some time cannot be properly treated to remove the mold spores and replacement is the only way to be sure to get the problem resolved.

If mold has become entrenched in a home, it is best to run an air test after steps have been taken to remove it. If there is still a heavy mold presence, it means the work was not successful and must be undertaken again.

Once the mold is under control, some factors should be considered to keep it in check.

1. Air purifiers with HEPA filters should not be placed in areas with high humidity because the mold spores caught by the filters will be fed moisture so they can actually spread on the filter itself.

2. HEPA filters must be cleaned or replaced when indicated or suggested by the manufacturer because they cease to be useful when they are dirty, and the longer mold spores stay on a filter the more opportunities there are for them to spread.

3. Air purifiers can only treat the air that passes through their filters, so surfaces of all kinds still have mold spores and other contaminants that can cause poor air quality. Cleaning thoroughly on a regular basis is the best way to lower exposure, using cleaners with low VOCs.

It is easy to understand why indoor air pollution is such a problem in most homes today. The treatment of indoor air is very involved and has to be a top priority of the homeowner. Because mold is so common and exists everywhere, it will continue to be a consideration in any type of air purification process attempted.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Mark Bittman By, Mark Bittman
MARK BITTMAN is one of the country's best-known and most widely respected food writers. His How to Cook Everything books, with one million copies in print, are a mainstay of the modern kitchen. Bittman writes for the Opinion section of New York Times on food policy and cooking, and is a columnist for the New York Times Magazine. His "The Minimalist" cooking show, based on his popular NYT column, can be seen on the Cooking Channel. His most recent book, VB6, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list in its first week on sale.
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