It’s been a hot and muggy summer so far, for many cities across Canada. And, in many cases, hot weather brings about humidity. The more humid it gets, the more moisture that exists. And when it comes to moisture in the home, the more of it that there is, the better your chances are of having a mould problem. Of course, this negatively impacts your indoor air quality. So how can we battle the impending growth of mould during the summer’s hot months?
Here are five ways to minimize mould during the summer:
1. Kill it! One of the best ways to get rid of mould is to naturally destroy it. This means using a product that is free of harmful chemicals which would only serve to worsen your home’s indoor air quality. On TakePart.com, Marie Stegner reveals that when you pour white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle, you’ve created an ideal mould killing machine. Simply spray the vinegar on the mouldy areas of your home and let it set without rinsing, she advises.
2. Conduct a late spring clean. If you didn’t get around to doing any spring cleaning a few months back, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get started on tidying things up. On HouseLogic.com, Karin Beuerlein advises that you eliminate clutter. “Clutter blocks airflow and prevents your HVAC system from circulating air,” she writes, “Furniture and draperies that block supply grilles cause condensation.”
She goes on to note that all of that added moisture in the home creates “microclimates…that welcome and feed mould growth.” Stegner also recommends that you keep things clean and tidy in order to avoid such a problem. Proper storage of winter apparel comes highly recommended. “Put away collectibles and winter clothes in plastic storage bags to prevent mould growth on clothes and other household items not in regular use,” she advises.
3. Keep things dry. If you want to minimize moisture, one easy way to do that is to clean up spills immediately to prevent them from pooling. You’ll also want to find ways to prevent it from becoming too humid in your home. Stegner recommends that you “keep the humidity level in your home between 40 to 60 percent. Use a dehumidifier during humid summer months and especially in damp spaces, like basements.”
4. Choose between air conditioning or opening the windows. Don’t do both. If it’s cool enough outside, you may as well let some fresh air in your home. However, if it’s hot and humid, go with the A/C. “When you open windows and doors, you let air conditioning escape, waste money, and invite humid air into your cooler home,” warns Beuerlein, “This causes condensation, which mould loves. So keep doors and windows shut when the A/C is humming.”
5. Maintain good ventilation. Keep the air moving throughout your home. Don’t let things get too stale or stagnant. As mentioned, this will involve some opening of the windows during the right times of the day. However, according to Stegner, you’ll also want to “double-check the ventilation throughout the home. Use exhaust fans that vent outside the home in the kitchen and bathroom. Ensure clothes dryers vent outdoors as well.”
At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we consider ourselves mould’s arch enemy! If there is mould hiding in your home, we will ensure that it is found so that it can be removed. The absence of mould in the home is imperative for top-notch indoor air quality. For more information about our Mould Assessment Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.