As noted on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mold can be far more than an eyesore or an inconvenience. It can be dangerous for your health. Mold is caused by dampness in the environment and there are many different types of molds. Some people are more sensitive to molds than others, but everyone’s health can be affected by some molds.
Symptoms can include anything from simple nose stuffiness to upper respiratory infections. As noted in the article:
In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children.
So what can you do to reduce mold in your home?
Mold in the home is caused by dampness. If you refer to a couple of our Houston Replacement Windows Frequently Asked Questions we address the topic of condensation. Please note them below.
Q: What causes condensation on the inside of my windows?
A: Condensation is a natural occurrence on all windows and is caused by humidity, or invisible water vapor, present in the air. When this water vapor comes in contact with a surface that is cooler, the vapor turns into droplets of moisture.
Q: Will new windows eliminate condensation?
A: Condensation is a direct result of interior humidity and the difference between indoor and outside air temperature. If you keep the humidity in your house low, then the likelihood of experiencing condensation is also low. However, the efficiency of your window will also impact the temperature and humidity level at which condensation occurs. Energy efficient windows will help reduce condensation.
Here’s why: high performance replacement windows with low U-factors result in inside glass surface temperatures much closer to the room air temperature. Windows with warm edge technologies and non-metal frames are also less likely to have condensation on the frame or at the edge of the glass.
Insulated “superwindows” with three or more layers will virtually eliminate condensation on the interior surface of the glass — even under extreme weather conditions. Note that in certain conditions (humid mornings after a clear night sky), some superwindows may have dew on their outside surface. These windows are such good insulators, the dew is condensing there just like it does on an insulated wall.
What can you do?
If you don’t have energy efficient windows you may be experiencing condensation particularly over the past few days with the atmosphere changes. Mold grows in places with a lot of moisture, so if you are experiencing condensation on a regular basis, a breeding ground for mold is created. If you find it difficult to maintain balance, it may be time to consider new options.
Of course, condensation isn’t the only way windows in need of replacement. If windows leak, moisture from wet weather can also enter the home and create a prime environment for mold. If your windows are leaking, it is definitely time for a replacement.
If you’re having problems with wet windows and are concerned about the health risks this may present our Houston replacement windows experts are here to help. Contact us today!