The Health Risks of Fungi, Moulds and Mycotoxins in Homes

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Introduction

The Facts of Mould, Fungi and Mycotoxins

Mould is a type of fungus that thrives in moist and humid environments. When mould grows, it produces toxins called mycotoxins. Mould also releases spores which can cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems in some people.

The most common type of mould is Penicillium and Aspergillus. These moulds grow on organic materials like food, paper, carpeting and wood floors. The conditions that help mould grow are moisture, warmth and poor ventilation. Mould causes health problems when it grows in the home because it can produce mycotoxins that are toxic to humans or animals.

Mould usually starts to overgrow when the humidity level in the house reaches around 70%. Moulds release spores which float through the air until they land on a moist surface where they can start to grow

 

Importance of Controlling Spores from Fungal Growth in Homes

 

In Australia, the air quality inside homes is worse than outside. This is because indoor air has been found to have more pollution and microorganisms. The main source of these substances are from microbial spores that are released into the air from various sources such as furniture, carpets, and tap water.

The fact is that these spores can cause a lot of health problems in people such as asthma, allergies, breathing problems, and even cancer. People who have a weaker immune system or a chronic condition can suffer more from these spores.

 

Human Infection Risk Factors of Mould Toxicity

Certain species of mould can produce mycotoxins, which are harmful to human health. Exposure to mould can cause the person to become sick, and even lead to death.

Mould exposure is a major problem at home and in the workplace. It is estimated that over 1 billion people worldwide are exposed to damp indoor environments that promote mould growth. The most common health effects of exposure to mould are allergic reactions or irritations of the skin, nose, throat, eye or ear.

Some people may be at increased risk for developing health effects from exposure, such as those with asthma or allergies; those with chronic lung disease such as bronchitis, which is often accompanied by frequent infections; those who have had a lung transplant; those who have a weakened immune system.

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Conclusion

Preventing Infections & Illness by Reducing Mould Exposure

Mould can grow in a variety of locations and thrive in damp, dark, cool places. It is important to physically remove mould spores and hypha fragments. Fogging does not remove it. Mycotoxins can still be present on mould spores. Professional mould remediation by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC S520) professional is recommended.

In conclusion, we can reduce mould exposure by using an air purifier with a HEPA filter and a solid activated carbon filter as a short-term solution. Dehumidifiers will also manage the moisture and humidity in the air. The long-term solution is to remediate the moisture or humidity problem and remove the mould.

 

The Complete Guide to Indoor Air Quality and How it Affects Your Home

Fortunately, this guide is to help you understand how indoor air quality affects your home.

If you’re like the rest of us, your home is your sanctuary. The place where you can relax and try to forget about the hustle-and-bustle of life.

But did you know that, according to recent studies, 87% of households in the United States report experiencing at least one symptom of high indoor air pollution? That’s why it’s so important to take steps today to help improve the quality of your home environment for both you and those who live there with you. That’s why we’ve created this guide for you.

What is Indoor Air Quality?

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Indoor air quality is air quality in a building. Specifically, it is the pollutants in the air when it has been isolated from the outside world.

The quality of indoor air can vary significantly, depending on factors such as ventilation and contaminants. Carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO) are common pollutants with high concentrations in areas like offices and homes where occupants use gas-powered devices. Formaldehyde (HCHO), which causes cancer and causes irritation to throat, nose and eyes; VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and mVOCs (molecular VOCs) which include chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde, toluene or acetone are all common pollutants indoors.

House Dust Mites and Their Role in the Development of Asthma

Allergens are substances that cause allergies, and dust mites are one of them. Dust mite allergies can cause asthma, hives, rhinitis, and eczema, but these allergens can be easily eliminated with HEPA vacuum cleaners.

Dust mites are common allergens that live in our homes. They feed on the dead skin cells we shed every day and produce fecal particles (fecal pellets). These fecal pellets can sometimes trigger allergic reactions like asthma or hives. Some people may not be sensitive to the fecal pellets at all.

HEPA vacuum cleaners can eliminate dust mites by trapping dust before it gets circulated back into the air where it would then become airborne again. HEPA filters will block 99% of particles as small as 0.3.

How to Choose The Best Air Purifier

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There are many air purifiers on the market, but not all of them will suit your needs. To make sure to choose the right one for you, you need to look at the size of the room, your budget and your personal preference.

I recommend you consider three factors when choosing an air purifier: The size of the room it will be used in, whether or not it is hospital grade HEPA filter and how much money you are comfortable spending.

InovaAir’s Airclean E8 and E20 air purifiers are perfect for bedrooms and living areas. They have H13 HEPA filters and a solid 6kg activated carbon filter. They can purify a room of up to 100m2. Whole-house systems are also available.

Top 3 Tips to Improve Indoor Air

Here are some top 3 tips to improve indoor air quality, which experts recommend:

1. Open windows – every day for 15 minutes, experts recommend opening windows to let fresh air in and reduce the amount of chemicals that accumulate inside your home.

2. Air purifier – experts recommend using an air purifier to remove pollutants like mold, bacteria, and allergens from the air you breathe at home.

3. Dehumidifier to reduce relative humidity – experts recommend using a dehumidifier to reduce relative humidity because it can lead to respiratory problems like poor sleep quality and stuffy nose.

Conclusion

Good indoor air quality is important for human health. That’s why it should be a priority to care for our indoor spaces.

Some of the benefits of a healthy indoor space are:

– Better sleep,

– Less headaches and tiredness,

– Improved concentration,

– Reduced risk of catching a cold or flu.

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