Here in South Florida, it seems that it’s always warm. But, while many people live in South Florida to get the sunshine and warm weather, what comes with a tropical climate isn’t always good for home and business owners. Specifically, during the warmer months of the year, South Florida residents and business owners have to worry about an increase in mold allergy symptoms across the population. Warmer months during the spring and summer are prime times for mold to grow. So, with a better chance for mold to grow, there is a higher rate at which people are affected by symptoms of mold allergies.
Identifying both why mold grows in warmer months and how to prevent it from growing even during these prime times can help to manage and reduce symptoms of mold allergies in your home or business.
Identifying Mold Allergies in Yourself, Your Loved Ones, or Your Employees
Mold allergy is when a person who’s exposed to mold starts exhibiting signs of health issues that are brought on by mold. Just like allergies to other things, certain people can be susceptible to an allergic reaction to mold exposure. Mold spreads and grows by sending minuscule spores into the air. When these spores are breathed in by someone who is prone to a mold allergy, various health issues can ensue including skin rashes, lung and throat irritation, headaches, sneezing, runny nose, and nausea. If a person who’s allergic to mold continues to be present around mold, symptoms can only worsen.
Why Warmer Months are Mold Allergy Season
South Florida is in a tropical climate, which means it gets pretty warm around the spring and summer months. Mold flourishes in a warm, tropical climate. And, even more, it requires moisture to grow. Spring and summer months in South Florida are filled with rainy and humid weather, which provides the opportune time for mold to grow. This makes the warmer months in South Florida a prime time for mold to grow and therefore, unfortunately, for people with mold allergies to be more affected by mold.
Preventing Mold Growth and Allergic Reactions to Mold During Warmer Months
Experiencing mold allergy symptoms isn’t fun. And, these symptoms can lead to further health issues. So, it’s important, especially for people who have a mold allergy, to do their best to prevent mold from growing in their homes or businesses. Fortunately, there are some things you can do as a person with a mold allergy to better prevent mold growth, even in the humid and warm spring and summer months in South Florida.
Some ways of preventing mold growth during warm, South Florida months include:
Keep Water and Moisture Out: Mold requires moisture to grow and thrive. So, make sure that you are careful about the moisture in your home. To prevent moisture buildup, regularly check your appliances, faucets, plumbing, and windows for leaks. And, if you notice leaking, get these fixed by a professional immediately.
Consider the Temperature: Mold loves warmer temperatures. So, to prevent mold from growing in your home, make sure that the air isn’t too warm. Growing mold requires temperatures of warmer than 77 degrees, so make sure that you keep your air conditioning running in the warmer months in South Florida. Furthermore, mold likes to grow in stagnant air, so it’s best to consider how your air conditioning unit is running and if it’s providing air to all of your home.
Invest in a Dehumidifier: Humid environments are breeding grounds for mold. Purchasing a dehumidifier and running it in your home can reduce the humidity of the air in your home. Therefore, preventing mold from growing.
Addressing Mold When as Soon as You Can During Warmer Months
Sometimes, you can do all that you can to prevent mold during the warmer months in South Florida, but you still identify mold growing. No matter the reason, it’s best to address mold growing inside right away. A mold remediation specialist not only removes mold but identifies and addresses the cause of mold growth. If you see mold growing, don’t hesitate. This way, you or anyone who may be allergic to mold doesn’t have to experience mold allergy symptoms when exposed.