Old Home Yes, Moldy, No!

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Let the air circulate

How often do you renew the air inside your home? If this sounds like a strange question, you may not be ventilating your rooms often enough. The simple act of breathing increases the humidity indoors. If you’re the kind of person who prefers to keep the windows shut and uses an old A/C unit, it’s time to go back to basics. Turn off your air conditioning system and open the windows for one hour at least once a day. This will keep the indoor air fresh and get rid of the humidity you generate. Additionally, you might want to consider the installation of an engineered wood flooring underlay , which can facilitate the air circulation under your floor. This will visibly reduce the apparition of mold patches.

But don’t let it circulate too much

Admittedly, there is only so much you can do about air circulation. If your windows are old, they may not be hermetically sealed anymore. As a result, you might be letting in the air and humidity from outside. There is no need to consider a change of windows unless it is absolutely necessary. More often than not, all you need to do to address drafty windows is to use V-seal weather stripping. If you’re an enthusiastic DIY-er, you can often fix the window frame or the pane at home. However, be aware that old and rotten material cannot be saved and needs to be replaced!

Do you get enough heat in winter?

Last, but not least, if you’re struggling to maintain a comfortable temperature in winter, you might be facilitating the formation of mold patches too. Indeed, uneven heat distribution systems can encourage humidity in individual rooms and set the ideal environment for mold spores to grow. So, it’s crucial to get your heating system professional evaluated and, possibly, changed to reduce the risk of recurring mold. Steam radiant heat should be avoided at all cost as it creates moist heat in the room.

In conclusion, a mold invasion may simply be the sign that your home needs a better ventilation system. Reducing indoor humidity doesn’t have to break the bank when simple strategies can save the day!

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Old Home Yes, Moldy, No!

  1. I love spring and fall because I can open the windows and let the fresh air inside. During the rest of the year, it is either too cold or too hot and humid. The fresh air does leave my home feeling better.

  2. We do our best to keep molds at bay. My husband has sensitivities to mold which causes him to wheeze. Thanks for your excellent tips to avoid getting molds inside the house!

  3. These are some really great tips. We live in an older style home and have had to update some things because of some of this.

  4. These are really great tips and I love the idea of opening the window at least one hour every day to get in the fresh air by doing that we are able to save some money instead of using an AC. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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