You don’t want mold and mildew growing in your home. Mold looks and smells bad, and it’s not really healthy for you or anyone you care about to be around. The same thing’s true for mildew. Allergies, asthma, and several other health conditions can be triggered or made worse by the presence of mold and mildew. Children and the elderly at most at risk, as well as anyone in the family who has respiratory issues or a compromised immune system. Pets can also be badly affected by mold and mildew.
Mold needs three things to grow in your house – something to feed on, warmth, and moisture. Mold feeds on the building materials used to construct homes, so you can’t really eliminate the food source, and it’s not really possible for humans to live in a home that’s consistently too cold or too warm to allow for mold growth. That leaves moisture as the only determining factor within your control. The moister it is, the more the mold likes it. If you want to get rid of mold, you need to get rid of the moisture.
That’s where replacement windows come in. Moisture comes into your house from outside through leaky windows, gaps in the window sill, and anywhere else that presents what are known as intrusion opportunities. Cold air also comes in with the moisture, which can make your home less comfortable and cost you money, but for right now, let’s focus on the moisture. That moisture is vital for the mold and mildew spores to grow. The more moisture they have, the more vigorously they grow.
Vinyl replacement windows are a single sealed unit, without the gaps, cracks, and leaks that let moisture into your home. Each window is custom manufactured to fit your home as perfectly as possible, eliminating a significant portion of the moisture entering your home. This will help slow mold and mildew growth and can enhance the impact of other humidity control measures you’re taking. Window replacement isn’t a total cure for mold issues, but they do have a valuable role to play as part of a larger mold control strategy.