winter mold growth

5 Tips To Prevent Mold Growth This Winter

If you live in an area that often features hot and humid weather, you’re probably accustomed to seeing interesting new growths of plants and mold in places where they shouldn’t be. In the winter, this type of growth often slows down, so it’s a good time to take some preventative measures to ensure that your home stays mold-free when the warmer months arrive. Here are 5 great tips that will help you keep that mold growth at bay.

1. Try not to humidify

Yes, the winter months can be dry and harsh. With the constant running of central heating, many homes and other buildings can feel stifling and unforgiving. Turning on a humidifier is a great way to bring some much-needed moisture to the air, which could alleviate symptoms such as itchy throats or eyes. However, if mold tends to be a problem in your area, resist the temptation to over-humidify. Doing so creates the perfect damp environment that mold needs to thrive. If you must humidify, aim for no more than 60% humidity indoors.

2. Run your ceiling fans backward

If you remember from science class, warm air rises. This is great in the summers when cooler air is kept at human level. But in the winter, the hot air rises too far above us and we’re stuck with a chill. And that warm air hovering at the ceiling? It helps mold to take hold on the ceiling and high up on the walls, especially if there is moisture entering the room through window condensation. To combat this, turn your fans on “reverse” mode so that the blades spin clockwise. This will drag the warm air down into the room, sweeping down the walls and windows, which helps to dry out any condensation gathered there.

3. Get more insulation

In the winter, the inside of your home is ideally warmer than the outside. This is great for our comfort, but horrible for introducing unwanted moisture. Condensation naturally occurs on un-insulated walls that are in contact with the cold of the outside and warmth of the indoors. Adding an extra layer of insulation will protect your walls from building this condensation, the moisture from which provides a base for mold to grow within your walls.

4. Don’t neglect your attic

If you live in an area that receives snow during the winter, you’ll want to make sure that your roof and attic are insulated against snowmelt. As snow and ice melt, they can seep into the attic, getting into the wooden beams of the home. Add this moisture to the fact that warm air rises to the top of the house and you have the perfect conditions for an overgrowth of mold. Make sure that there are no leaks in the roof and that your gutters are clear enough to allow snowmelt to escape the home.

5. Keep everything as dry as possible

You’ve probably noticed the recurring idea of moisture contributing to mold growth. Therefore, one of the simplest actions you can take to prevent mold in the winter is just drying things that are wet. Windows and mirrors should be dried often. Don’t forget to pay attention to pipes under sinks and run your extractor fan when you take a shower.

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