It’s been a wet winter and spring for many of us in Australia, with some areas experiencing extensive flooding.

As well as the miserable outlook and damage that damp conditions deliver, excessive moisture also provides the perfect conditions for mould (sometimes spelled mold) to grow, especially in poorly ventilated areas.1

You’ve probably seen the fuzzy type of mould that might appear on some food that has been left a little too long (like a neglected lunch in a child’s dark schoolbag), but it can come it a few different colours – green, white and black spots on walls.1 But sometimes it may not be so obvious – peeling paint or wallpaper on walls, or stains on curtains, or even a musty smell that wasn’t there before.

Mould is a type of fungus and it reproduces by releasing tiny spores that float through the air until landing on a good spot to grow – like a damp surface.

It’s these airborne spores that can have an impact on your health, especially for people with an allergy, an existing respiratory problem (like asthma), or have a weakened immune system.3

That’s where a good quality air purifier can be your best friend. Air purifiers capture the airborne mould spores preventing the spread to other surfaces – or your respiratory system (lungs, nasal passages).4

However, it’s important to note that an air purifier – no matter how good – won’t eradicate the mould already living on your walls or furnishings. That will require some effective cleaning.4 Identifying the sources of the mould is also important – it’s not always associated with damp weather conditions; it can be a plumbing leak somewhere.

Will all air purifiers remove mould?

An air purifier that features HEPA filters is your best option.4 HEPA is an abbreviation for High Efficiency Particulate Air, and they can trap particles as small as 0.3 microns. To put that into perspective, a human hair is about 75 microns across, and anything below 40 microns is not visible to the eye.5,6

Adding an activated carbon filter into the mix can help remove odours. (As well as second hand smoke and gas pollutants)

And if a family member suffers from allergies, you might want to add photocatalyst filters and UV treatment into the mix!

The Welcare PureAir Household Air Purifier features a 6 Stage Air Purification System including HEPA (H13) filter, UV Light and photocatalyst technology for comprehensive air purification. It can kill airborne viruses, including Influenza, and remove dust, mould, bacteria and other pollutants, making it ideal for those who have pets, suffer from allergies, bushfire or pollution prone areas.

Check it out here.