The best air purifiers for eliminating mold.
Mold exists everywhere in nature and is a common component of dust. Mold is a microscopic fungi. It requires a food source like wallpaper and a certain level of moisture or humidity to grow. Mold spreads through the air and can create serious health issues. An air purifier will not remove the source of mold and mildew. But they can help a lot to clean the mold from the air. This will help you breathe and feel better. HEPA air purifiers are used by mold specialists in the cleanup of toxic mold.
Each of our air purifiers will clean the mold spores from the air in any room. Depending upon your air quality needs and price point, we have a model for you.
Want to know more about mold? Keep reading below.
Top 3 Mold and Mildew Air Purifiers
Did You Know?There are 100,000 species of mold
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What Our Customers Are Saying
I ordered one of these air purifiers to solve a mold problem in a plant growth room in my laboratory. The air purifier worked so well I ordered one for my bedroom to reduce pollen and pet hair and dander. My wife and I are sleeping more comfortably now.
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I have mold issues in my bedroom carpet during periods of rain, and I live in a rental so am unable to resolve it. This air purifier has been a life saver. It takes up little space, and is so quiet. I can run it on the middle setting while I sleep. It has made a big difference. A key factor in my decision to buy was the reasonable cost of the HEPA replacement filters.
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Guide to Mold & Mildew
What is Mold?
Mold is a fungus. It is found everywhere.
Here is the definition of a fungus from dictionary.com. “... organisms that live by decomposing and absorbing the organic material."
So, what does this mean?
We will break it down for you.
The purpose in nature for mold or a fungus is to break down things like branches or plants as part of the life cycle. In the natural world mold is a welcome participant and serves an important function. Think of an orange that drops to the ground. This later decomposes to fertilize the area around the tree. This allows the orange tree to receive nutrients.
What has changed is that we, at least the majority of us, do not live in nature. At least we don’t intend to live in places where things are broken down. We live in homes, often apartments or houses in towns or cities. We do not want our walls, carpets or clothing to be moldy. In this case, mold becomes a nuisance and dangerous to our home and health.
Types of mold
The 3 most common types of mold include Aspergillus, Cladosporium and Stachybotrys.
Aspergillus consists of a few hundred mold species and commonly found on plants. In the home you will see this on food and in air conditioning systems.
Cladosporium is common in the outdoor air. It consists of over 700 species. They produce colonies that are dark green to brown/black. Indoors they often grow on walls, on the back of toilets, and painted surfaces. While this mold is rarely toxic, it can cause infections on your skin, lungs or sinuses. This is a major source of allergies. It can impact people who have compromised respiratory systems or asthma. Also, Cladosporium produces VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) and odors.
Stachybotrys is a smaller group of molds with about 50 species. The most common is also known as black mold. While not as common as the first two groups of mold above, black mold is not rare.
It is important to note that per the CDC, “toxic mold” is not an accurate term. They state certain molds can produce toxins. The molds themselves are not toxic.
Seems like a bit of a technicality. What they are saying is the mold is not toxic but it can produce toxins.
Symptoms of Mold Exposure
There are a variety of symptoms related to mold exposure that mimic allergies. As well as some other medical issues.
The most common symptoms are:
Fatigue and weakness
- Memory issues
- Skin irritations
- Difficulty breathing or coughing
- Itchy eyes, blurry vision
Can you get pneumonia from mold in your house?
According to the Mayo Clinic, mold spores can cause an inflammation of the lungs. A condition called “hypersensitivity pneumonitis” (HP). Sounds like pneumonia but it is not. HP cannot be treated with antibiotics.
Huffington Post reported on research from NC State. “Repeated episodes of hypersensitive pneumonitis can lead to bacterial pneumonia."
Mold is not something to be taking lightly.
Difference between mold and mildew
Mildew is closely related to mold. Mildew tends to be white in color while mold is generally green, brown or black in color.
It gets confusing since mildew is often used to describe mold growth. Mildew is a fungus that has a thin series of tiny fibers that grow on plants or things like paper or clothing. It can appear as a powdery substance. Mold tends to have more a fuzzy appearance like you see on rotting fruit.
Mold and mildew can both cause allergic or asthmatic responses when breathed in.
The testing for mold is best accomplished by a mold specialist. Mold remediation companies specialize in the testing and cleanup. They are often used when you have a serious issue.
It’s possible to buy a mold test kit and take samples yourself which are then mailed to a lab. There are different places to test such as the air, surfaces like walls and in many rooms.
All homes have some degree of mold spores and testing is often conducted when a moldy smell is present. This could be from either mold or mildew. Testing should be considered if you experience the symptoms of mold allergies discussed above.
If you suspect mold it is important to understand the type of mold you have. You want to know whether you have black mold. This will influence how the mold is removed from your home.
Ok, so if you suspect you have mold or know for sure you want to know how to remove it.
As with all indoor air quality issues, the most effective action is to remove the source. In the case of mold this is often the presence of water or high humidity. Besides, it’s the mold spores in the air that cause your allergies and asthma issues. So you also need to remove the airborne particles.
To solve your mold issue requires a multi-prong strategy:
Use a dehumidifier or air conditioner to reduce the humidity
- Remove any standing water
- Use a high quality HEPA air purifier to remove the mold spores from the air
How to get mildew out of clothes
A safe way is to wash your clothes in hot water with a 1/2 cup of baking soda. If this does not work you can try ammonia and bleach. Be careful not to mix these two, ever. Bleach can damage your clothes and change the color so be careful how much you use. Use no more than 1/2 cup of bleach in the washer with the hottest water setting you can use for your clothes. Here are some more tips.
How to remove mold from walls
The most common method is to combine 1/2 cup of bleach with 1 quart of water. Be sure to wear protective gloves in the presence of bleach as it can irritate your skin. It’s also a good idea to wear a mask to prevent from breathing in the mold spores. The bleach should also not be breathed in.
Wash the mold area on the wall with a brush until it disappears. Keep this area well ventilated and allow to fully dry. Moisture is the friend of mold and mildew so you will want the area to be dry. You also want to maintain the humidity below 50% if at all possible. This will prevent mold growth.
In summary, mold is a serious issue and can cause a variety of allergic and respiratory issues. We hope you found this guide helpful and informative. Our goal is to provide you with information so you can live in a clean, healthy environment.