Mold and mildew are common terms for a variety of fungi that form in moist and warm conditions. We check our homes, schools, and work places for mold and mildew infestations, but rarely do we inspect our cars. Mildew and mold can grow to be a nuisance, as well as a health problem, if left in a humid car to fester.
Mold and Mildew in Warm Weather
Even with pollen masks or medicine, some drivers still suffer from mild to severe allergies while driving in the spring and summer. During this time, while the body is trying its best not to give in to pollen, mold or mildew will often attack unexpectedly, causing allergic reactions. The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), suggests that roughly 10% of humans have allergic reactions to mold or mildew. While allergies alone would probably not be enough to cause illness or fever, they can be just as uncomfortable, especially on busy or hectic days.
Mold and Mildew in Cold Weather
Cold weather leads to a lot of pooling liquids. Ventilation is often poorer in your car in winter than in warmer months. Because of this, fungi will have an easier time growing in your car and, consequently, take a toll on your health. Breathing in fungi thrown into the air by the heater could cause infection after long periods of exposure. It’s especially important to have a PINGI dehumidifier for the winter months after wet and cold days (with snow or hail); otherwise moisture tracked into your car will become stagnate, and infest later when your heater warms it up.