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Preventing mold in winter

Most people think of spring and fall as the "mold seasons," however the wetness caused by winter snows also creates the perfect environment for mold to thrive. This is especially true after a blizzard or heavy snowfall, which, as the snows melt in the days and weeks afterward, can leave large pools of standing water.

"Molds are a biggie in houses here because it’s a wet state. In the winter particularly, molds are a big deal," Al Barrier, an otolaryngologist at University of Missouri Health Care, told The Columbia Tribune.

If mold finds its way into your home over the winter months, it can take hold and then cause further problems when spring rains roll around. If allowed to establish a foothold, it can cause an infestation that can compromise your health and cost thousands of dollars to fix. That's why it's important to be proactive about protecting your home.

Start the war against mold before the winter sets in by making sure that your air ducts are cleaned before the start of the season. Barrier encourages a thorough cleaning every six months. You should also takes steps to ensure that the quality of air in your home isn't affected by mold. Invest in a medical-grade home air purifier, such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus, to keep the air in your home clean and safe for your family.