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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