Winter is coming. This means earlier nights and colder weather; cold weather means damp and damp means mould. In the winter, we won’t leave the windows open during the day to allow fresh air to get in, so condensation is a common occurrence. Because the quality of your home’s air is diminished due to a constant flow of fresh air in and out, this allows mould to develop.
Along with the likes of insulation costs and higher energy and electricity bills, getting rid of mould shouldn’t be another added expense because of winter. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to prevent and control mould in your home.
Clear out junk
Having too many items in one room, particularly in corners or against the walls, makes for a mould breeding ground. The same goes for items in cupboards and on shelves. Too many things in one place prevent air to circulate to these areas properly, which is a common cause of mould.
Keep furniture away from walls
For the same reason as above, having furniture too near the walls also stops air circulation, which creates mould and can also damage your furniture. So, keep your couch a good couple of feet away from your walls.
Crack a window
During the time you are at home, try and keep the window cracked open a little, to allow some fresh air into the room. This will allow condensation to escape and aid in the prevention of moisture building up around your window sills.
Invest in a dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers are long-term investments when it comes to removing damp from your home. These devices extract the moisture from your home and store it in a tank, which you should empty regularly. This will help to stop damp forming and mould growing.
Dry clothes outside
If you dry clothes in the house, either using a tumble dryer or a clothes horse or radiator, the moisture from the wet garments has to escape to somewhere. Drying clothes indoors creates condensation, which can develop into mould, so drying them on a washing line outside means that this moisture escapes into the fresh air and reduces the amount of moisture in your house. If it’s breezy, it’s likely your clothes will dry faster, anyway.
Don’t smoke indoors
Smoking isn’t just extremely bad for you, it’s also bad for your house. The smoke from a cigarette seriously reduces the quality of air in a home, which means less fresh air is circulating.
Similarly, if you have a coal or wood fire, the embers or soot from these can build up and scatter around the room, increasing your chances of mould. If you smoke, do so outside and insist any guests who smoke do the same. If you have an old-fashioned fire, ensure you clean your home for the dust and remnants on a regular basis.