Mold can happen anywhere, but there is one place you don’t want to find it – inside buildings.
As a part of the fungi family, mold thrives in wet, damp environments. Buildings present the ideal environment for mold to flourish as moisture can become easily trapped behind walls, under carpets, and inside ductwork. While mold is a problem that should concern all property owners, humidity levels above 80% can foster mold growth on interior surfaces, causing buildings that are located in warm, humid climates to be particularly at risk.
Why Worry About Mold
Indoor mold is notorious for assaulting the senses with repulsive smells and unsightly growths. They can also present serious headaches and financial pitfalls for property owners.
Numerous studies conclude that exposure to damp, indoor environments is associated with an increased risk of health concerns. This includes respiratory ailments such as coughing, wheezing, and even chest infections. Many people also suffer allergic reactions to mold that can manifest as red, itchy eyes and skin rashes.
Mold growths can also be problematic for the structural integrity of your building, as any active growths will damage the material that they are growing upon. Small amounts of mold can easily be removed from hard surfaces with common cleaners without much trouble. Larger areas, on the other hand, will require you to hire contractors to perform intensive mold remediation which can be exceedingly expensive.
Stop Mold Before it Starts
Mold spores are everywhere, and there is no way to prevent them from entering your building. You can, however, thwart them from growing into an issue by controlling the temperature and humidity levels of your building. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture,” and they recommend keeping interior humidity levels below 60%.
But how can property owners manage an environmental variable as obtuse as humidity? PointCentral’s Smart Thermostat and our HVAC service puts you in control with real-time property intelligence, allowing you to automatically monitor and control humidity levels across all of your properties from one sleek user interface. If the system notices in any one property that humidity levels are getting above safe levels, it will automatically run the HVAC unit to remove moisture from the air – helping to stop mold growth before it starts!
PointCentral’s HVAC service also helps property owners improve energy efficiency and reduce overall spending by allowing users to set occupied and unoccupied temperatures across all properties, and also giving property managers historical runtime data when a unit appears to be underperforming.
Managing the temperature and humidity controls of your building from the convenience of your desktop or mobile device are just a fraction of the cost savings benefits of using PointCentral’s smart home platform. Contact us to learn more!