Why Mold Grows in Winter

With the arrival of colder weather, mold, and mildew growth is a common occurrence in the northeast, which is why we often see a rise in mold removal in Upstate New York and Vermont during the winter months.

As the leaves and plants outside begin to decay, mold spores are naturally released into the air, but we also unknowingly invite mold growth inside our homes when we raise the thermostat. Today’s energy-efficient homes make it hard for the warm air and humidity to escape, creating an ideal environment for mold to grow.

Because both humidity and temperature contribute to mold growth in the winter, it’s a tricky balancing act. For instance, we commonly find mold growth in rooms located in bends or corners of the home since they are exposed to significantly colder temperatures. The imbalance in temperature between neighboring rooms and high water vapor content in the air creates the ideal conditions for mold to grow.

How to Prevent Mold Growth in Winter

Ideally, indoor humidity levels should be kept between 35% and 45%. Here are some tips to help prevent mold growth in your home.

  • Use a dehumidifier
  • Set ceiling fans in reverse
  • Keep ductwork and air filters clean

When Mold Remediation is Needed

Mold can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, eye irritation, and in some cases, skin irritation. If you suspect mold contamination, it’s best to consult a professional mold removal service. For mold remediation in Upstate New York and Vermont, including Glens Falls, Saratoga, Albany, and Rutland, contact the mold removal specialists at Nature’s Way Pest Control. We are one of the only companies licensed in New York to use natural borate to treat and protect wood, and we offer a free mold assessment.