With the seasons changing as much as they do, creating the perfect environment inside the home can sometimes be quite the challenge. Blasting the heating out during the winter months can lead to a dry and stuffy atmosphere, whereas in summer many households struggle to keep cool amidst the rising temperatures. But one problem that can be an issue for homes all year round is humidity. Contrary to popular belief, the weather outside doesn’t need to be hot to produce humidity and excess moisture in the home. It can just as easily happen during a frosty period when condensation is likely to appear on windows. When there is too much moisture in your home it can lead to a whole host of problems, including damage to your upholstery – not ideal when you’ve just shelled out $500 on a new couch. In order to protect your home interiors and make your home an all in all nicer place to live, check out these top tips for a low-humidity home.
Air it out
There is a reason why you don’t see many airy homes with damp damage. The more fresh air that is circulating in a property, the less chance moisture has to settle and spread. Make a point of leaving your back door and windows open when you can, providing it is safe to do so (i.e. not when the house is unoccupied!). If you have a room that is at great risk of mold and damp, but that doesn’t have the best windows, why not think about getting some new ones installed? You might not think it at first but windows can completely transform the appearance and feel of a room. Think of the kind of style you want including frame, glass pattern (if you want one) and how you are planning to dress it. Most importantly, make sure you can open it wide enough to allow a good flow of air in.
Call the professionals
If the humidity in your home has already caused some visible damage, it can sometimes be difficult to turn back the clock – especially if you don’t really know what you are doing. A damp house can pose various risks to both you and your family, including damaged infrastructure and short circuiting electronics. If you are in any doubt of how to tackle humidity damage in your home, most mold companies will be able to come and offer you a consultation.
Sometimes, airing out our homes naturally isn’t always an option. Maybe the weather outside is far too cold, or perhaps it is summer time and the second we open our windows, in comes a swarm of bugs. When this happens, you don’t simply need to keep the house sealed up and let nature take its course. Fans in both the bathroom and kitchen will become your new best friend. One huge advantage is that manufacturers are now making them seamlessly integrate into your current bathroom suite or kitchen area, so you don’t have to compromise on style. Or, for other rooms where a built-in extractor is not an option, why not get a dehumidifier? Damp and mold aren’t things you should have to put up with when you’ve worked hard to build a beautiful home, so do something about it today.