You may be thanking your air conditioner right now for keeping your home fresh and comfortable but did you know that it can also help protect your property from certain elements such as mould, calcium and humidity?
Keep reading to find out more.
Summer is peak season for mould growth when humidity levels are high. Moulds like humidity levels of up around 70 percent, so the Brisbane climate is an ideal environment for spores to flourish causing a musty odour, rusty spots and damage to your furnishings. Parts of the house that are particularly prone to mould growth include kitchens, laundries and bathrooms. Mould needs to be carefully removed as soon as it appears as some moulds can cause allergic reactions, coughs, congestion, and in more severe cases, fevers and breathing problems.
Installing an air conditioning unit will help to filter and circulate air, keep the home cool and dry, and maintain air quality so mould can’t thrive.
The ideal humidity levels for a home should be between 50 and 55 percent, and while a dehumidifier will help, your best bet for lowering humidity levels is an air conditioning unit.
Bathrooms are a big culprit for producing humidity and moisture. But you can help out your air con by ensuring that bathroom doors are kept closed, installing an extractor fan or the window is opened when the bathroom is in use. Kitchens too should have a ducted range hood that is turned on whenever the oven or cooktop is in use. Installing an aircon unit in your bedroom will also reduce the moisture in the air from overnight perspiration and respiration.
High temperatures and humidity will also cause an increase in carbon dioxide in your home. In turn, this leads to condensation on your walls and interiors, and calcium buildup, which will cause permanent damage if not removed. While opening a window will lower carbon dioxide levels, this may not always be the best option if it’s 30 degrees Celsius or more outside, or when the mozzies are biting at dusk.
A better way is to use an air conditioning unit to maintain temperature and humidity at the right levels to prevent carbon dioxide and calcium buildup, and costly repairs. Get in touch with Star today for a quote or advice on the best unit for your home.