What do you think of when you hear the word “mould”? In the unlikely event you are a turophile or infectious disease specialist you would answer cheese and penicillin respectively. However, for most people, mould is recognised with increasing traction as something that invasively finds an unwated place in our homes and places of work.
So why does mould appear and why is it bad?
The most common causes of mould are due to wet or moist areas indoors, often caused by water damage due to leaking or flooding, and where inadequate ventilation causes mould growth to thrive as moisture continues to accumulate on indoor surfaces. These surfaces can include walls or wallpaper, ceilings, bathroom tiles, carpets, insulation material and wood.
The reason mould should be a concern for anybody is that mould can affect people differently as it all depends on what type of mould you are exposed to, what your immune system is like and the duration of time you have been exposed.
There are many different types of mould found in homes, and can be catergorised as such:
- Allergenic Moulds (Alternaria, Aspergillus, Cladosporium and Penicillium) which are low risk and effect people with allergies and asthma.
- Pathogenic Moulds (Aspergillus, Cryptococcus Neoformans and Histoplasma Capsulatum) which can be low risk and are capable of causing infections and disease.
- Toxic Moulds (Fusarium, Aspergillus, Stachybotrys Chartarum, a.k.a “black mould” and Penicillium) are high risk which produce mycotoxins which can cause a number of health issues.
So how can an air purifer device help?