Winter can be one of the worst time for mould growth in Canada. While people may be inclined to think summer with its open windows or spring with the rain are worse for mould, winter comes with its own sets of challenges. One of the main challenges is that inside air is much warmer than outside air during winter. Since warm air can hold more moisture, when our heated air touches a cold exterior window or wall, the water condenses and turns to droplets on the surface. So how can you avoid this problem? After all, we need our homes to remain warm, and we can’t control the weather!
Ventilation Is your best friend for avoiding problems with mould. Ventilation is what whisks moisture away before it can cause problems and keeps air circulating in the room. An extractor fan in your kitchen and washroom can do wonders from removing unwanted condensation. If this isn’t possible, even opening a window wide for five or ten minutes can help. Though this isn’t a pleasant trick to endure come January.
Insulation is a key part of any home. With proper insulation, you will prevent the problem of warm, humid air hitting cold surfaces and condensing in the first place. Not only will adding more insulation help reduce your risk for mould, it will also help keep your house warmer and lower your fuel consumption.
Heating and more importantly proper heating is the last tool you have against winter mould. Adequate heating will help to prevent cool spots that allow condensation and mould. While everyone has a different preference for room temperature, you want your rooms to stay warm. Things like keeping a window cracked for several hours is going to cool of your entire house and should be avoided.
These three parameters can work together to either prevent mould or, when not looked after, cause it. While we suggest always trying to prevent mould to begin with, it’s equally important to seek help when problems are found. Whether you want help with mould prevention or removal, the experts at Amity Environmental can lend you their professional opinions and advice.