Mold is one of the most detrimental things that can happen to your home. Mold can wreak havoc on your health and finances if you let it go unchecked. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to prevent the growth of mold in your home.

1. Clear out the clutter. If the vents and air ways are blocked in your home, that prevents air flow and encourages moisutre to build up in the nooks and crannies of your belongings. Get rid of what you don't use or need, and make sure no furniture is too close to a vent.

2. Manage the temperature of your home. To prevent moisture problems, it's best to keep your thermostat set at 78 degrees during the summer. If that's too hot for your liking, you might want to get some small fans to place around the house.

3. Look into a humidity monitor. They can range in price from $20 to $300, so there's one for every budget. These give you information about the moisture levels in your home, and can alert you to a level prime for mold growth. This is one of the best prevention tools.

4. Make sure your AC is working properly. Is the temperature correct? Is it cycling on and off like it should? Is the air coming out cold? You also want to check around the unit to make sure it isn't dripping water.

5. Look for standing water. Any standing water will be a prime location for mold growth. Check around refrigerators, hot water tanks, freezer, garage doors, and windows.

6. If you can't figure out the source of the mold problem, call a professional. Mold is not something you want to let get out of hand. It can be hazardous to your health and your home.