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In parts of Florida, humidity can reach a peak humidity of 75% in mid-September. In Naples, Florida, high humidity can affect your health. This may be due to the increased moisture in the air, which is an ideal climate for the growth of mold. For some, mold can affect the quality of your sleep in several ways.
For some, mold growth in the home can cause allergies to flare up. You get itchy, watery eyes and may start to sneeze. Other symptoms might include congestion, dry skin or skin rashes, sore throat, wheezing, and a dry cough. This can affect your sleep because you’re uncomfortable and unable to relax with all the allergy symptoms.
Mold growth can increase your chance of an asthma attack. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, a chemical released by allergy cells in the nose and lungs causes allergy and asthma symptoms. People with other chronic lung or respiratory illnesses can also be affected by mold growth and could get an infection if exposed for too long.
Sleep Deprivation or Insomnia
There are a few ways mold can affect your sleep and even give you insomnia. Glucans are byproducts of mold and can trigger an inflammatory response causing respiratory issues, like asthma. Issues such as insomnia, anxiety, and memory loss have been linked to toxic mold. These symptoms prevent someone from getting good sleep and instead cause them to remain up all night trying to feel better.
Where to Look for Mold Growth
Mold growth can hide in places like shower stalls or bathtubs, under sinks and around plumbing fixtures, in drywall, carpet, wallpaper, upholstered furniture, closets, damp clothing, and areas with moisture damage or high humidity. If your allergies or asthma feels out of control and you suspect it’s due to mold, these are the best places to look to see if it might be causing you to lose sleep. You could also call a professional inspector to help you look in the right areas.
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There are many ways you could prevent mold growth in your home. One of the best recommendations includes getting a dehumidifier for your home. A dehumidifier helps to keep humidity closer to the ideal humidity level of about 45%, helping to maintain a balance between winter and summer months. Other solutions include an energy recovery ventilator that blows out indoor air that is stale and brings in fresh air that has been preconditioned. You could also use your exhaust fans, which are usually located in areas of your home that get the most moisture, like the kitchen and the fan. The exhaust fans help to ventilate moisture in the air that comes from cooking in the kitchen or showering in the bathroom.
While mold growth can affect your sleep and your health, it can also be prevented in several ways, including keeping your house clean. Key to Cool can improve your indoor air quality with regular maintenance.