Dry air is synonymous with winter, often causing homeowners to turn on their humidifiers and turn off exhaust fans. Unfortunately, too much moisture in the air contributes to mold growth and the problems that follow, such as structural damage and allergic reactions. To help you avoid a too-dry interior during winter without encouraging a mold infestation, review what your Los Angeles mold inspectors recommend.
Set Out Pans of Water
You do not have to use a humidifier to add moisture to the air. Setting out a few pans or pots of water around your home has the same effect without overwhelming the space. Water naturally evaporates into the atmosphere, allowing you to enjoy an interior without the dry skin and hair. Pet water dishes have the same effect. If you are concerned about how bowls of water around your home will affect its appearance, consider attractive options such as floral vases and bowls with floating candles in them.
Monitor That Humidifier
If you cannot imagine winter without your humidifier but do not want to suffer from mold problems, keep a close eye on the device. Most humidifiers provide humidity readings, as do dehumidifiers. If the reading is over 60%, the chance of mold growth is high, as the fungus thrives in humidity levels of 60% or above. Keep the humidity level in your home between 30% and 50%, which provides comfort without encouraging mold growth. Should the humidity level be too high, open a window or two and turn on ceiling fans to dry the interior.
Drinking plenty of water and applying moisturizer helps your skin and body stay hydrated during the dry winter months. It is particularly helpful to moisturize after bathing because it locks in moisture. You’ll also want to shorten your showers and use lukewarm water, since hot water strips moisture from the skin. Limiting how often you shower (within reason) is another way to keep your skin hydrated.
Seal Your Home
Air leaks interfere with moisture-adding efforts during winter, because it allows dry outside air in. Seal your home with spray foam and weather stripping materials to keep cold, dry winter air out. You’ll enjoy a more energy-efficient residence as a result, because your HVAC system will not work as hard.
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