Mold forms and spreads on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter, such as dry wall and other building materials. Exposure to mold can cause symptoms such as itchy and watery eyes, skin rashes, wheezing, nasal and sinus congestion, chronic cough or skin irritation. Some people, with serious allergies to molds, may show severe reactions, including fever and shortness of breath.
In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found evidence linking indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheezing in otherwise healthy individuals; asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and more. The IOM also found some evidence suggesting a potential link between indoor exposure to mold and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children.
HVAC air filtration can play an important role trapping and eliminating airborne mold spores. However, an improperly maintained or infrequently cleaned HVAC system can actually increase the spread of mold spores – helping the growth and dispersal of microbial contaminants that can make you sick. If dirt starts accumulating in ductwork and humidity or condensation starts to build up, the ductwork will become a welcome environment for bacteria and mold. Most people don’t even know that the source of their asthma, allergies and other breathing issues are mold spores spread by your air and heating system.
Heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) professionals and health experts recommend homeowners consider integrating indoor purification technology, like the ActivePure technology used in the Air Scrubber Plus, into existing duct work mounted directly above the HVAC’s air handler to help reduce airborne and surface mold particulates. A recent Kansas State University study showed Air Scrubber Plus technology reduces up to 99.9% of surface mold.