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Using an Air Purifier to Prevent Mold

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An air purifier may not be the first line of defense against mold, but it can help remove mold spores in the air throughout your home.

In most cases, air purifiers are most effective at keeping the amount of mold spores present in the air at a lower level, which can benefit those who have mold allergies.

If your concern is for larger mold problems, such as visible growth on drywall or the presence of water damage, you will want to reach out to a mold remediation professional.

Air Purifiers Should Have HEPA Filtration

When looking for an air purifier to prevent or remove mold spores, its important you get one that has a HEPA filter.

HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air and is a label used describe air filters that can trap smaller molecules and particles. An air purifier with a HEPA filter can capture more types of mold spores and do so more efficiently.

An air purifier with a HEPA filter can also help remove the smell of mildew and other odors.

Be sure that you replace your air purifier filter according to the model’s instructions (typically every 4-6 months), and that your air purifier can handle the size of the room it’s in.

People often buy more than one air purifier for different rooms in a household.

More Effective Ways to Prevent Moldair purifiers help with mold allergies

An air purifier by itself is not enough to remove mold growth or prevent it from happening. You will want to take other steps to ensure mold does not become an issue for your property.

Other ways to remove or prevent mold that are more effective than running an air purifier are:

  • Run a dehumidifier: Dehumidifiers remove excess moisture from the air and can also help dry out contents in a room. Mold is most likely to grow in moist or humid environments, so a dehumidifier is an excellent way to prevent growth from occurring. If you have a flood in the basement or a major leak, it’s important to setup a dehumidifier as soon as possible.
  • Use proper ventilation: Similar to a dehumidifier, a home that is properly ventilated will keep humidity levels under control and prevent too many mold spore from accumulating in the air. Ensure your HVAC systems are clean and running properly, and open windows when the weather suits it. If your attic is missing the proper duct work needed for good ventilation, consider making that project a priority.
  • Avoid water damage: A sudden flood from a broken washing machine or refrigerator can sometimes be unavoidable. In these cases clean the water up as best you can and quickly contact a water extraction professional. These crews will ensure the areas is clean and dry so mold does not form. To be proactive, ensure your roof is in great shape and free of any possible leaks, your basement is water proofed, and replace any outdated water heaters or other appliances.

Who to Contact for Professional Mold Remediation

ServiceMaster Fire & Water Clean Up is IICRC-certified mold remediation firm that serves the Hanover, PA area. We also provide mold removal in York, PA and Lancaster, PA.

Our mold specialists are available 24/7 to respond to cases of mold abatement. When we arrive, we will locate the presence of any mold, safely contain, and fully eliminate it from the property. Then the affected areas will be treated with advanced cleaning solutions to prevent any growth from returning.

We are available 24/7 at (844) 805-1107.