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Mold Remediation and the Role of Natural Ventilation in Stopping Mold Growth in West Orange, NJ

September 17th, 2016 · No Comments

Moisture, humidity, and dampness tend to facilitate mold growth in your home. Moisture buildup could be due to water damage or to a lack of proper ventilation in the house. In such a situation, ServiceMaster Metropolitan is here to help. Serving northern New Jersey, including Orange, NJ, we will analyze the underlying problem so that it can be fixed while the task of mold remediation is carried out.

Since proper ventilation can be useful for reducing moisture levels within the house, today we will look at natural ventilation and how it can be effective in reducing humidity and consequent mold problems.

Using Natural Ventilation to Prevent Moisture Buildup and Mold Growth

With natural ventilation, the circulation of outside air through your home occurs in a natural way without the use of fans or similar equipment.

Since the level of air movement in a home largely depends upon weather conditions, it’s necessary to control it by opening windows according to changes in weather and the level of moisture in the air entering your house.

In the case of air-conditioned indoor environments, the energy required for heating, cooling, dehumidifying, or humidifying ventilated air can be quite high. As such, high ventilation rates are to be avoided in such situations.

However, when indoor environments are not air-conditioned, high ventilation rates do not create any problems.

There are certain advantages and disadvantages to using natural ventilation.

Advantages of Natural Ventilation

Some of the main advantages of natural ventilation include:

  • Its a suitable option for many different types of buildings in moderate or mild climatic conditions
  • An adequate number of window openings makes it possible to have high airflow rates, which in turn results in better purging and cooling
  • A minimum amount of maintenance is required
  • The cost of installing and operating natural ventilation is lower than that of mechanical ventilation

Disadvantages of Natural Ventilation

There are some disadvantages with natural ventilation that you also need to be aware of:

In the case of severe climatic conditions, natural ventilation is unsuitable since cold air coming into the house will result in energy loss, condensation, and discomfort

Natural ventilation makes it difficult to control the ventilation rate, which can result in heat loss and deteriorated indoor air quality

There can be security concerns if natural ventilation depends largely on open windows

In the case of humid climatic conditions, the chances of dampness and mold growth increase with natural ventilation

If your home has been affected by a mold problem and you’re looking for a company to take over the task of mold cleanup, you should get in touch with ServiceMaster Metropolitan at (855) 560-7999.

Our technicians will perform mold remediation according to IICRC standards and look into the main problem that is causing the mold growth (such as water damage). The problem will be addressed quickly and remediation work will be performed.


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