Spring is here, and that means springtime allergies. But, just like plants in your garden will enjoy the warmer weather of the new season, mold and mildew like this time of year too. Many types of mold and mildew can trigger allergies or make symptoms worse. So, what can you do to minimize the effects of mold and mildew allergies in your home? Let’s take a look.
Mold and Mildew Allergies
Allergic reactions are your body’s response to a perceived threat, mobilizing the immune system to protect your body from unwanted invaders. Allergies come in many shapes and forms whether it’s an adverse reaction to dairy, shellfish, medication, or something else.
Mold and mildew allergies are the result of the same kind of immune response. You’ve probably heard about black mold, which is also known as ‘toxic mold’. As the name suggests, this type of mold is hazardous to your health. Black mold is just one of many types of molds that can cause allergy symptoms.
The Symptoms of Mold and Mildew Allergies
Many types of mold and mildew are not hazardous to your health, but your body has an immune response anyway, causing allergic symptoms.
The symptoms of mold and mildew allergies include:
- Runny nose
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Dry skin
If you have seasonal allergies, you may notice that a lot of these symptoms overlap with springtime allergies. Getting your air quality tested is one way to determine if there is hidden mold in your home.
Preventing Mold and Mildew Allergies
No one wants mold or mildew in their home. However, these fungi are adept at hiding in places most people don’t normally go – the attic, crawl spaces, and unfinished basements, to name a few.
Preventing mold and mildew from occurring is the best way to avoid the symptoms of mold and mildew allergies. The best way to do that is to make sure your home is free from the conditions that they love to grow in.
Here are our top tips for preventing mold and mildew allergies:
Keep Your Home Clean
Spring is the perfect time to give your house a thorough shake-down. Dusting, sweeping, and airing out closet spaces will help keep your home as fresh as possible and reduce the where mold and mildew tend to congregate.
Keep Your Air Circulating
Mold and mildew love nothing better than stagnant, humid air. Keep your air circulating by opening your windows, installing fans, or turning on standing fans for a few hours a day.
Likewise, open your window if possible and circulate air in naturally humid spaces like bathrooms and kitchens when in use. This will help prevent moisture from accumulating inside the home, which in turn lays the groundwork for mold and mildew growth.
Replace Your Air Filter Regularly
If you have an HVAC system installed in your home, be sure to replace your air filter at least twice a year. If you or someone you live with has allergies, then you may need to replace the filter more often than that.
Replacing your air filter at the start of spring will ensure that your filter is ready to keep your air clean even when the pollen count is high. Meanwhile, replacing the filter at the start of fall will get you started on the colder months with a filter that’s not clogged with spring and summer pollen and dust.
If you don’t have an HVAC system, consider investing in an ionizing air cleaner to attract dust and keep your air clean.
Have Your House Checked for Mold and Mildew
Aside from seeing mold and mildew for yourself, the best way to know whether your house is free from mold and mildew is to have professionals check the air quality. If they do find mold and mildew spores during their tests, consider having professionals remove these unwanted guests from your home.
Tidal Wave Response Atlanta
Mold and mildew have a way of cropping up when you least expect them. If you find mold or mildew in your home, cleaning them with surface cleaner is only a temporary fix. To make sure that mold and mildew are completely removed from your home, call a professional such as Tidal Wave Response Atlanta. We’ll find the cause of the mold to address the problem at the source, ensuring that the mold and mildew don’t grow back immediately.