When the temperature rises outside, so does the humidity in your home. This added heat and moisture in your home not only makes it uncomfortable to live in but also makes it the perfect environment for mold to grow.
Mold can be easy to spot in your shower, sink, walls, and floor. Other areas can be harder to spot and may go unnoticed if not inspected closely enough. Did you know your bedroom can be exposed to mold? Even the couch in your living room can be susceptible to mold if not maintained properly.
Any area that has excessive heat and moisture is prone to mold growth. Lucky for you, we have a list of 6 ways to keep out the humidity and prevent mold from growing in your home this summer season.
1. Run fans, dehumidifiers, and air conditioning routinely
The dog days of summer can create unwanted humidity in your home. To help prevent this, make sure to turn on fans, dehumidifiers, and air conditioning where you see fit. Your bedrooms, living room, kitchen, bathroom, and other rooms small or big can benefit from this cooling of air.
For instance, if you have a fan in your bathroom, turn it on while you're taking a shower or bath so that the hot air doesn't build up. Your mirrors won't fog up as much and your walls won't create as much condensation. The same can be applied when cooking on your stove top. Another tip is to hold off on running heat-emitting appliances till the evening hours when the temperature outside is cooler and you can open the windows for air.
2. Dry wet clothes, shoes, and pets immediately
This may seem like a no-brainer, but water can easily get in your home without you even realizing it. Wet clothes and shoes from the rain or the pool can create unwanted moisture in your home. Likewise, stepping out of the shower without completely drying yourself off can leave a trail of wet footprints seeping into your carpet or hardwood floor.
Even worse is sitting on furniture while you're soaked or putting wet towels and clothes on furniture. Make sure to put wet clothes and towels in the washer immediately to clean and then either air dry them outside or through a dryer machine. If you have pets like dogs that love the outdoors, make sure to completely dry them off before letting them wander around your house.
3. Instantly wipe down wet surfaces
I'm sure many of us, at least I hope so, clean up spills and wet surfaces around the house as soon as we see them. These wet areas around the house, however, can also happen without anyone's doing. A lot of times, windows and window sills are neglected when checking for mold. Over time, windows can collect condensation and such moisture can make its way to the indoor window sill. Refrigerators can also build up mold if any old food is left unattended and not cleaned out. Make sure to open your windows often to air out such areas and wipe down any water that may accumulate. Also regularly wipe down your fridge so that moisture does not build up in between drawers.
4. Measure humidity indoors with a moisture meter
It is recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency to keep indoor humidity between 30-60%. If you are unsure of your home's humidity level, purchase a moisture meter at your local hardware store for a definite answer.
Condensation most commonly happens on windows, walls, and pipes, therefore, check for signs in these areas first when determining your home's humidity. If you ever feel your home mold is out of control, call a professional to exterminate the issue.
5. Check the attic, basement, and garage for moisture
Many times, areas in your house such as the attic, basement, and garage are neglected when checking for humidity levels. A poor foundation can allow water to seep into your basement. Floods can cause unwanted water in your garage. Your attic can be a central area for heat to accumulate. To decrease the amount of heat that comes in, make sure such rooms are properly insulated and ventilated. This will ensure that hot air and water stays out, while cool air stays in.
6. Monitor household plants
Warmer weather calls for beautiful plants to thrive, whether that be indoors or outdoors. If you have indoor plants around your home, make sure to keep an eye out for mold growing on them. Mold usually isn't a problem unless you overwater your plants, but still be on the lookout as this can be an easy fix if found.
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