With the return of Florida’s skyrocketing temperatures, you’re likely hitting the beach, playing with your loved ones in the backyard, or even venturing out to your favorite one-stop-shop for all things ice cream and lemonade.
In short, you’re probably greeting the season in a way that gets you out and away from the inside of your home.
But what if we told you that the summertime merits even more attention to your indoor environment? After all, “summer” and “mold” often go hand-in-hand.
Between the persistent heat and inescapable rain showers, mold won’t just grow in the South Florida summer — it will thrive. Simply put, the high temperatures combined with the constant rain of the season will create a haven of humidity for the spores.
“A typical summer day in Florida will have dew points around 70 degrees,” as explained by the Florida Climate Center. “So the relative humidity will rise to over 90% as temperatures cool at night into the low 70s.”
Of course, it’s one thing for mold to relish the outdoor environment, but it’s another when both the humidity and the spores make their way inside.
Why It’s Hard To Fight The Florida Fungi
While it may seem challenging to prevent moisture intrusion in the midst of the menacing summer, it’s not impossible. For example, you can use caulk to seal leaks around your windows and ensure your property is pressurized correctly.
“It is important that homes in hot, humid climates be pressurized slightly with respect to outdoors,” according to the Florida Solar Energy Center. “If homes are depressurized with respect to the outdoors, then hot, humid outdoor air will be pulled through the very small air pathways that exist in all building envelopes (walls, ceilings, floors, etc.).”
However, if you find your home retains a mild level of natural humidity, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) recommends installing an electric dehumidifier in order “to remove moisture and keep humidity in your house below 45 percent,” thereby mitigating mold growth and exposure.
Saying “No” To Seasonal Strife
No matter the time of year, mold exposure can result in a variety of unpreferable symptoms, including:
- Eye irritation
- Skin irritation
- Upper respiratory inflammation
- And more
That being said, you never have to be alone come time to manage the moisture and mycotoxins seeking refuge in your home. In fact, if you aren’t sure whether or not mold is already present — or if you have yet to discern the best way forward — it’s time to contact Discreet Air Quality!
We’re a locally owned, operated, and trusted team of indoor environmental experts, and we’re ready and waiting to help you turn your summer (and your property) back around.
If you’re ready to learn more, call Discreet Air Quality today at 754-702-7019 to get started!