Summertime can be challenging due to the humidity in our climate, thanks to warm air and rapid mold growth. The best way to control mold is to control moisture – since inadequate ventilation means increased moisture increasing ventilation can decrease mold in your home.
Step one: Look for leaks
Anywhere that moisture is entering your home can be a starting point for mold:
- Roof leaks
- Leaking plumbing fixtures
- Leaking air conditioning or HVAC system
- Damp, humid basements due to seepage
- Damp foundations due to seepage
Installing a sump pump or dehumidifier in chronically damp areas of your home can help reduce moisture and curtail the growth of mold.
Step two: Increase air circulation
Fresh, dry air that is moving can help prevent moisture from condensing and collecting.
- Keep furniture a few inches away from walls or drapes
- Invest in ceiling fans, or use oscillating floor fans to blow air around the room
- Install exhaust fans in laundry rooms and bathrooms
Circulating the air can help dry it out and prevent walls from becoming damp and moldy
Step three: Seal up your home to prevent air leaks from the outside.
Look for drafty areas and identify where humid air may be leaking into your home.
- Windows, doors and wall cracks should be caulked
- Basement floors should be sealed
- Check your attic and install ventilation fans that let air travel outward only
- Refuse moist outdoor air – and mold and mildew spores that come with it – access to your home!
Step four: Use the AC if possible
Even if it’s just for a few hours in the early afternoon, AC use can help dry the air in your home.
- The cool, dry air will help chase away moisture
- Have your system checked to ensure it is the right size and that the airflow is correct
- If there is no built-in humidifier and dehumidifier features, consider having them added
Indoor humidity levels should ideally stay between 30% and 50%, to prevent mold.
If it is humid and hot outside, you should keep your doors and windows closed. If it is cool and dry, consider giving your home a good airing. If you think you may have a mold issue, call The Dry Guys for a mold remediation consultation.