Top tips for mould and damp prevention
Did you wake up to misted windows this morning? The weather has turned and we are officially in autumn, meaning new steps need to be taken to achieve better heating and ventilation for our homes.
Waking up to condensation on your windows is an early warning sign that the air inside your property is too humid, eventually leading to mould and damp problems within your home. In this case, prevention is always better than a cure, so we are here to provide you with useful tips and tricks for preventing mould and damp occurring in your home.
Use heating products that can operate constantly
In an attempt to save money on bills, many of us turn our heating off when we feel it is not necessary; however, this can lead to mould growth – a much more expensive issue to address. Products like the Dimplex Monterey are adjusted using a thermostat, allowing you to use a gentle output and keep running costs to a minimum.
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Open a window
Opening a window is the cheapest way of getting rid of excess moisture. The stagnant inside air is warm and moist, whilst the outside air is cooler and drier - doing something as simple as opening a window will allow the excess moisture to escape. Alternatively, you can open the window vent as a secure way of airing out your property whilst you are out.
Dehumidify your home
If open windows do not help the excessive moisture collecting in your home, then using a portable dehumidifier can be an ideal solution. Easy to transport between rooms, the Forte dehumidifier even has a laundry setting for those winter months when you have to dry your clothes inside. With varying sizes to suit all applications, these will dry out the air in your home, preventing any ill effects from excess humidity.
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Consider a 24-hour ventilation solution
Bathrooms are the worst offenders for damp and mould growth. If you also find this to be true, it may be worth investing in a bathroom extractor like the Simply Silent Contour range from Xpelair. This fan uses a humidistat to detect the humidity in a room and responds accordingly, working near-silently to remove and prevent odours, damp and mould growth in bathrooms, shower rooms, cloakrooms and toilets.