Whether you’re a first time homeowner, or simply facing challenges with maintaining your home, here’s a tip that can help.

When you hear me talking about sealing the envelope of your home, it means taking the right steps to seal all of the gaps and cracks where conditioned air can escape. This is a great way to save on energy costs, but a tightly sealed home will also trap any moisture, and moisture is created every time you cook, shower, wash dishes, do laundry, and even breathe!

So the key to mold control is to remove the moisture. This is especially important for those rooms where the humidity can be greater—like the kitchen, laundry, and bathroom.

    • Always make sure you run the stove ventilation fan when cooking.
    • Turn on the bath ventilation fan when showering, and leave it on for at least 20 minutes after you finish bathing.
    • Consider adding an additional fan in the laundry room.
  • Have your air conditioning and heating unit serviced annually to make sure it is operating efficiently. Ideally, your mechanical system should exchange the air in your home at least 2-3 times each hour.

Take these few easy steps to control the moisture in your home and the mold and mildew will find itself homeless!

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Chelsea Lipford Wolf

Chelsea Lipford Wolf

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Chelsea Lipford Wolf is a renowned home improvement expert, media personality, and blogger who has made a name for herself in the world of DIY home renovation and decoration. Born and raised in the Gulf Coast region of Alabama, Chelsea developed an early passion for hands-on projects and creative design with her own original web series and blog “Checking In With Chelsea,” featuring fun décor, craft and home improvement projects.

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