Florida’s warm climate attracts thousands of guests during the fall and winter months. Who doesn’t want to be able to go to the beach in November while much of the country is layered in snow? As winter changes into spring and our seasonal residents flee the rising temperatures, another guest threatens to take residence in our homes… mold. This unwanted house guest can damage equipment, destroy walls and floors, and negatively affect your health. Mold forms in as little as 72 hours, reproducing every 6 minutes. Below are some tips to help you prevent mold from growing in your home.
Tips for preventing a mold nightmare:
- Set your fan switch on your thermostat to auto. Humidity increases 10-15% when set to “on.”
- Set your thermostat to 80 or 82 degrees if you are leaving for a week or two in the summer.
- Make sure your Dehumidistat is set around 50% and your thermostat to 80° when leaving for vacation for longer than a couple of weeks.
- Have someone check your home. Make sure they understand what to look for and how to adjust your thermostat and Dehumidistat.
- Pay attention to your FPL bill; if there is a change in kilowatt usage, there is a reason.
- Have your air conditioning system serviced regularly.