Set Back Thermostats
Setting down thermostats has proven an effective way to reduce energy costs during the cooler seasons. Building temperatures usually cool at night when the occupants are asleep and raise to normal levels when the occupants are active. However, when the temperature drops at night and the corresponding increase in relative humidity occurs raising the possibility of mildew and mold growth on the cool surfaces. You can reduce the possibility of indoor mold growth by raising the interior of the building temperature during heating periods.
Closed rooms and Closets
Many occupants of structures close off unused rooms or closets during the heating season. This effectively reduces the air flow and temperature of structures on these areas. The practice used to commonly reduce energy costs increases the possibility of mildew and mold growth.
Air Conditioned Spaces
Cooling a space can be as problematic as heating the same space in a the
opposite climate. The principal applies: either the surfaces that are too
cold, or the places where moisture condenses can cause the potential for mold
growth. Cold spaces in a air conditioned area can usually be found
in front of the vents. For example, hotels that use air conditioning in
the warmer climates usually have a wall covering which traps the moisture
between the gypsum board.
Windows are usually the coldest visible surface within a room and this can be
the first area condensation can be seen on the window. Condensation can
occur because of increased humidity due to airborne moisture or a rapidly
decreasing outdoor temperature. If the amount of moisture condensing on
the window is substantial this may increase
the ability for mildew and mold growth.
1) Try to control the amount of humid air entering the entering the
structure. Check all window and door seals. Seal visible cracks
observed on the structure; prevent humid air from entering the structure.2)
Eliminate the cold spots with in the structure or the air conditioned space.
3) Increase the ambient temperature within the closed rooms and closets
during the cooler seasons. 4) Decrease the amount of wall coverings (wall
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People exposed to black and toxic mold have reported many symptoms,
including, but not limited to:
* Headaches *Wheezing *Nose Bleeds *Fatigue *Memory Loss *Stuffy Noses *Sore
Eyes *Dizziness *Sore Throat *Coughing *Sneezing *Respiratory Ailments *Asthma
*Skin Irritations *Breathlessness *Runny Nose *Horseness *Inflammation of the
Sinuses *Blurred Vision *Burning Eyes *Dry Cough