There are numerous mold spores floating around in the air all the time, looking for the perfect place to call home. In the summer months, when it is warm and moist, those mold spores have a much easier time finding a place to call home. Here are four tips that will help ensure that those mold spores in the air don't turn your home into their home this summer.

#1 Run Your AC When It Is Hot

On hot days, don't hesitate to turn on your air conditioning. Mold thrives when the temperature reaches about 77 degrees Fahrenheit. If your home is climbing up to around 77 degrees Fahrenheit or is already above that temperature, your home is working on creating the ideal condition for mold to grow. 

You don't have to crank up your air conditioning and freeze inside your house, you just need to thrive to keep your home's temperature below 77 degrees during the summer time. Right around 70 degrees is a good temperature to aim for; that is cool enough to not encourage mold to grow and warm enough to not stress out your electric bill. 

#2 Keep An Eye On The Humidity Levels

Mold does not just love warm temperatures, it also loves high levels of humidity. The best way to ensure that your home is not becoming the ideal humidity level for mold to grow is by purchasing a hygrometer. A hygrometer is an instrument that measures relative humidity levels, much like how a thermometer measures the temperature outside. Set up a hygrometer inside of your home so you can see how humid your home is; don't assume that your home has the same humidity levels as is forecasted outside. 

If your humidity levels start to climb high, above the fifty percent range, you may need to take action to reduce the humidity in your home. A great way to do so is by investing in and using a dehumidifier; it can remove moisture from the air and help make your home less inviting to mold. 

#3 Take Action Against Shower Steam

When you take a shower, steam is created. Make sure, especially in the summer when your home is already warm and humid, that you don't allow additional moisture to accumulate in your bathroom.

You should run your exhaust fan the entire time you are in the shower. You should not turn it off right when you get out of the shower; allow it to run for just about as long as you were in the shower to ensure that as much moisture as possible is removed from the air in your bathroom. If you don't have an exhaust fan in your bathroom; open your bathroom window and let some fresh air in. 

For more information on mold prevention, or if you end up with a mold problem in your home, contact contractors like Servicemaster Of Martinsburg & Hagerstown.