Since it is almost impossible to have a 100% quality air, the only thing we can do is to have the air inside the house purified and cleaned to avoid mold growth. The issue of mold is a real headache to many people because of the adverse effects it has on the quality of life we live. It is the largest known cause of allergies and breathing-related conditions like asthma. In addition, it causes structural damage and reduces the value of your home and this costs you so much when reselling the property. This makes it important to get rid of mold as soon as possible. Although it does not deal with massive mold growth, having an effective air purifier is one of the many ways you can deal with mild mold infestation. This article looks at how air purifiers help with mold growth.
- Dehumidifying the Air
Mold thrives well in moist and warm air conditions in the house, the reason most local authorities insist that you maintain a certain level of air quality. Air purifiers serve the primary purpose of dehumidifying and cleaning the air inside the house. Upon dehumidifying the air, you eliminate the perfect thriving conditions for mold, hence preventing it from growing. If the mold has already infested the house but is at the mild stages, it is limited by the dehumidified air and cannot thrive further. Therefore, for an air purifier to get rid of the mold, it must have a very strong blower.
- HEPA Filtration
HEPA filtration system is a component of a purifier that facilitates the suction of dust particles from the air. The same way dust particles are sucked by the filter, is the same way mold spores are sucked from the air. Mold spores are microorganisms hovering in the air in a house that is infested by mold. These spores are responsible for allergies in humans and pets. A purifier fitted with a HEPA filter usually sucks 99.5% to 99. 7% of mold spores from the air inside the house. However, the filter cannot suck mold already growing on the surfaces in the house. At the end of the day, you will have dealt with the mold problem since the spores trapped in the filter cannot go back into the atmosphere.
- Activated Carbon Filter
Getting rid of mold from the house is not enough if we do not get rid of irritating odors it leaves behind. These odors are not just nuisance, but they are also a health risk since these odors affect most people, especially those with a weakened immune system. Upon inhaling such odors, the airways produce overly more mucus thus affecting normal breathing. A purifier with this feature can get rid of these annoying and harmful odors. However, if the mold infestation is on the accelerated levels, getting rid of the odors will be quite hard since even ridding the house of the strong mold will be impossible. In that case, you might consider using some bits of essential oils, after the mold has been remediated.
- Germicidal UV-C Light
Mold is a microorganism that is living, with all the qualities of any living organism. A purifier with the germicidal UV-C light is the best way to deal with mold problems in the house since it kills the mold spores. UV-C light is a light form of radiation that can kill mold spores. As the mold spores are sucked by the HEPA filter, they are then passed to the germicidal UV-C light section. This light kills the DNA of the mold spore, therefore if a spore goes in, it does not come back alive. However, if the mold growth is on the accelerated levels, this feature cannot help because stuck mold will always be on the surface unless a professional remediates it.
As we have seen from the discussion above, the answer to whether or not air purifiers can help get rid of the mold is yes and no. Yes because they can help get rid of mild mold infestation, and no because they do not help get rid of the mold stuck on the surfaces of the house. Although some people would be tempted to nullify the role of a purifier in mold remedy, that is a big mistake. Even the common purifier without the special features is critical since it helps prevent mold growth because it serves the primary purpose of dehumidifying the air and getting rid of warmth and moisture, which are the perfect conditions for mold growth.