Whether or not Florida truly has seasons is a topic that is often joked about by both state residents and tourists alike. And no, we’re not talking about “hurricane season,” “tourist season,” or “lovebug season.”
We’re talking about winter.
Closer than most other states to the equator, Florida in and of itself doesn’t have much of a winter to speak of. But, known for year-round warmth and humidity, Florida’s high average temperatures are also the reason for its year-round mold growth.
The Timely Reality of Temperatures
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) specifies that temperatures “above 40°F and below 100°F” are conducive to mold growth, meaning mold can grow no matter the season in Florida homes, particularly in South Florida where even the winter months may be considered balmy.
For example, Miami’s average annual temperatures in January — one of the coolest months of the year — usually fall around a low of 63°F and a high of 74°F. Even without high humidity, these temperatures are ideal for the proliferation of mold spores.
That being said, even in the midst of a less common cold snap, low temperatures will not kill any lingering mold spores. Rather, the cold will make them inactive, rendering the spores dormant until exposed to returning warmer temperatures.
Home, Heating, and Hidden Mold
For those who live in areas of Florida that are more susceptible to cool weather or more frequent temperature fluctuations, it’s important to be mindful of the role that heating plays in mold growth.
That is, points where warm and cool air inside meet may still cause mold-conducive cold spots, as “mold is frequently found on walls in cold corners behind furniture where condensation forms,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Finally, while it may be cold outside, so long as your indoor environment remains at a warm and stable temperature, mold will continue to grow wherever there is moisture and organic matter to feed on. Particularly if your HVAC system is already infected with mold, anytime you turn on the heat, you risk spreading the microbial growth throughout your home.
Year-Round Mold, Year-Round Help
Just because your Florida home is prone to microbial contamination throughout the seasons, that doesn’t mean you have to struggle alone and wonder whether or not growth is lingering in hidden spaces.
Instead, all you have to do is contact Discreet Air Quality, your local mold and indoor air quality experts! Our moisture and mold assessments include multiple thorough scans of your property, thereby ensuring we can skillfully determine whether mold growth is present, as well as what the source of the contamination may be.
Don’t wait to find the answers you deserve. Instead, call Discreet Air Quality today at (754) 225-9890 to schedule your appointment!