Mold. You might be excited to find it if you’re a cheesemaker inspecting a new wheel of your finest blue cheese, or a scientist looking to discover the next penicillin. But for the rest of us, mold is always an unwelcome visitor. One we have no interest in allowing to become a squatter in our buildings or homes. It’s insidious and hides out of sight, waiting to release spores into the air. It’s hard to get rid of, and often you find you’ve been dealing with the consequences of airborne spores for quite a while before you realize the problem is mold.
You might think since mold is naturally occurring in the environment – what’s the big deal? Our bodies deal with an onslaught of mold, bacteria and viruses on a regular basis. And yeah, if you were living in a treehouse in the forest, mold would just be part of the beneficial agents of decay that keep the natural ecosystem cycling. But that’s not where we spend our days. We are in efficient, and fairly airtight, modern buildings day in and day out. And we trust that those buildings are managed by people who have thought through the consequences of poor air quality. Mold in an enclosed space, where spores circulate and can take hold in new spaces, is not good for health. According to the CDC, the most common indoor molds are Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Aspergillus. People with allergies may be more sensitive to mold, but anyone can react to it. The Mayo Clinic lists the following symptoms for mold allergies:
- Runny and stuffy nose
- Cough and post nasal drip
- Itchy eyes, nose, and throat
- Watery eyes
- Dry scaly skin
Working in an environment with mold spores in the air can be both unhealthy for anyone in the building regularly, and cause real productivity issues for workers. If your environment happens to be a hospital, the consequences can be far worse for patients who are already medically fragile.
So, Do Air Purifiers Get Rid Of Mold?
So how do we remedy the situation? Well, it’s always important to find the source of the mold and remediate the problem at its core. An air purifier can’t treat the source of the problem which is typically found in carpets that have gotten wet, or hidden in walls where a moisture problem has gone unchecked. It’s crucial that the actual mold is removed and the area treated. But you must also reduce the spores circulating in the air in order to alleviate symptoms and prevent the mold from taking up residence in new locations in the building. This is where air scrubbing enters the picture. You need to catch and sequester the mold spores which can range in size from 3 to 40 microns.
That’s pretty small, so what kind of air purifier would be needed to clean mold spores out of the air? The IAQuality T-2700 is a great option for both small and large spaces. The non-ozone producing, ionization units create ions that cause the mold spores and other particulates to clump together – creating larger particles easily caught by both the MERV 13 filters in the unit as well as the lower rated filters commonly found in pre-existing HVAC units. It’s a cost effective solution and it’s maintenance free! We’re pretty proud that it’s also made in the USA, right here in Kansas City.
A mold free environment is an important aspect to maintaining the health of both workers and visitors to your premises, whether it be a school, church, office building, or even a hospital. Allergy symptoms reduce quality of life, and productivity. And people deserve access to clean air in locations they spend so much of their time in.