We hate to be the ones to break it to you, but summer is mold’s favorite season, too. All the things you love – tropical breezes, warmth and a nice air conditioned room when you need it – are the same things that let mold thrive and grow. Humidity, condensation and higher temps are common in spring and summer months, and before you know it, the air quality inside your home can suffer because of it. Bathrooms, kitchens, closets, basements, bedrooms and other spaces can be safe havens for mold (and the odor that follows), so now’s a great time to get that dehumidifier you’ve been thinking about. And when the excess moisture is removed from the air, using a high-quality air purifier to remove other odors and pollutants can give you the fresh, healthy indoor air you’ve always wanted.
According to The Seattle Times, “moisture buildup…leads to the musty odors. Though mold and mildew are not present on the visible interior surfaces, odor-causing microbes may be inside the walls or ceiling. When the home has no heat source, moisture left over from the previous summer’s humidity will condense inside wall and ceiling cavities and become trapped and stored in the insulation. Trapped mold spores are dormant during cold months but begin to grow and release odors with warmer weather.”
We love the idea of a dehumidifier and air purifier combo to deliver a 1-2 punch to both the excess moisture that causes odor and the odor itself. The Pure & Dry Dehumidifier and Air Purifier by Aerus is one of our favorite household items! This 2-in-1 dehumidifier and HEPA air purifier is capable of removing up to 9 gallons of water per day while it simultaneously cleans the air in rooms up to 1,400 sq. ft.
For a standalone air purifier, both the Guardian Angel and the Lux Guardian Air Platinum use a process called Photocatalytic Oxidation (PCO), which is a proven technology that controls pollutants by striking UV light on titanium dioxide. Any remaining particles are captured and retained by the filter, a unique media that performs above traditional HEPA filters. They’re fantastic for reducing odor and taking pollutants out of the air you breathe indoors.
So if you or someone in your family struggles with breathing sensitivities, asthma or allergies – which can all be set off by mold – the Guardian Air, Guardian Angel or Pure & Dry can be an invaluable assets in your home this summer…or any season!