Molds are actually a form of fungus. They are very good when they are outside in nature where they are supposed to be – breaking down fallen tree, helping things to decay. But they can be unhealthy and even life-threatening when they come into our homes.
Most molds are harmless to most people, but some are actually toxic, and all molds can be hazardous to people with mold sensitivities, weakened immune systems, allergies or asthma. They grow best in moist, humid environments, and they can grow on any surface, so not just on tiles and walls, but also wood, clothes, paper, food – just about anything.
Molds are spread through spores, which float about in the air or hitch a ride on your clothes and shoes. The spores generally can’t; be seen. When indoor molds start to grow, however, they can be identified by their color and shape. Molds can be green, white, purple, orange or brown. Black mold is usually dangerous and should be removed as quickly as possible.
Molds are equal-opportunity invaders. Most mold spores are microscopic and they float about wherever the wind will carry them. The can attach to your clothes, your shoes and your body. They play a major beneficial role in nature, but they are generally not so useful in our homes – and they certainly are not useful in our bodies. Any time you venture out into the world, you have the opportunity to bring mold spores back with you. But even if you stay at home 24/7 and do nothing but binge-watch you favorite TV shows, mold can come in through crevices in the wall- cracks around windows…Anyplace that has air will have mold spores in it .
The sad truth is that mold can grow almost anywhere in your home. Mold mostly likes damp surfaces, but it can grow on fairly dry surfaces – like drywall, wood framing or plastic, or even in your pantry in flour and food mixes – as long as it has some moisture to keep it going.
Usually, most “allergic” responses to mold will only produce hay-fever-like symptoms. These would include the usual: runny nose, sneezing, watery itchy eyes, headache, sore throat… None of this is fun, but it won’t kill you. Unless it’s prolonged and develops into something more severe.
Some people, however, have a far stronger reaction to molds. For people with asthma, weakened immune systems and who have severe allergic reactions, exposure to mold can be life-threatening – even deadly. And some molds are so toxic that prolonged exposure can causelife endangering health issues in perfectly healthy people. These can include:
There are many great Air Purifiers on the market these days, and the one you chose will depend on the health needs of your family. There are small units that will be sufficient for one room – say a nursey or a child’s room- and others that will work in a larger area, like the kitchen and the living room. Some are small and portable, so you can move them from room to room as the needs arises, and they might be perfectly fine a normally healthy family. People who live in damp or polluted environment, however, may want to invest in a larger, whole-house unit – one that will clean the air several times a day. There are even units that will clean the air on an hourly basis. And there are even small, hand-held units that can travel with you anywhere you go.
If you, or anyone in your family has health issues, is prone to asthma, or has a weakened immune system, then an air-purifier may actually be the difference between life a death. If you are purchasing an air purifier for health reasons, it would be advisable to find one with the following features:
There are several web-sites that will help you in your search for the perfect air purifier. They have done the research for you, so you can have one less thing to worry about in your quest to create the healthiest environment for yourself and your family.
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Personally, I have always been fascinated with home items. I’ve learned long ago that when buying these products, there needs to be a balance between functionality and creativity. Otherwise, they get old and boring, and I don’t get to use them as much.