Mold: A Growing (Literally) Issue For Buildings

With today's efficient, innovative air filter technology, mold can be controlled -- and potential health risks reduced

RIVERDALE, N.J., April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Mold in buildings is not a new phenomena, but it is an increasingly common one.  And for many property managers and inhabitants, it is an increasingly vexing one, as well.  Mold thrives in damp environments and the airtight construction practices employed today to improve insulation and energy efficiency also tend to increase moisture in walls and ceilings. That spurs the growth of more mold.  It also spurs a question:  What can be done to control mold?The answer, it turns out, isn't complicated at all: Adopt some proven anti-mold strategies -- in particular, effective air filtration.

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While certain types of mold have proven extremely valuable -- Penicillin, a product of the green mold P. notatum, revolutionized antibiotic drugs upon its discovery in 1929 -- other molds can cause disease in humans, and form poisonous toxins in food.  Exposure to certain types of airborne mold spores can cause allergic reactions, asthma episodes, and other respiratory problems.

Yet with mold spores measuring well over 1.0 micron in size, they can easily be removed via air filters (by limiting the amount of spores in a given volume of air, air filters limit the ability of mold to reproduce).  Even a pleated panel filter with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) of 6 will have an average efficiency of more than 80 percent against most molds.  And filters with higher MERV ratings are readily available from manufacturers like Camfil -- the world's leading provider of clean air solutions.

Indeed, high efficiency air filters aren't just a solution for mold, but a surprisingly cost effective way to keep indoor air clean and healthful.  Camfil, for example, leverages a half dozen global research centers to create an array of innovative air filters that maintain peak efficiency far longer than traditionally designed air filters.  That means Camfil filters require less energy to push air through, reducing costs while improving air quality.  Indeed, a typical Camfil customer can reduce its HVAC energy costs by 20 percent, its installation costs by 50 percent, and its disposal costs by 70 percent -- all will providing healthful, comfortable indoor air.

In conjunction with superior air filtration, other steps can be taken to prevent mold proliferation. Indoor humidity -- which facilitates the growth of mold -- can be reduced by maintaining the building under positive pressure.  And mold growth can be controlled at the source by identifying and correcting the cause of water stains on ceilings, walls, and floors, as well as assuring the integrity of plumbing fixtures, and inspecting HVAC equipment for sources of contaminant or moisture buildup.

Mold can be unsightly, and it can even be harmful, but by incorporating these sound, proven practices, it can be controlled -- and indoor air quality dramatically improved.

The world leader in high efficiency air filters, Camfil provides clean air solutions for hospitals, hotels, office buildings, educational institutions, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies.  We provide the tools to achieve sustainability, maintain high air quality, and reduce airborne infections -- all while lowering total cost of ownership.  Camfil customers go green without ever sacrificing performance.  For more information, visit us online at, or call us toll-free at 888.599.6620.

Media Contact: Lynne Laake, Camfil, 888.599.6620,

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