A healthy indoor climate can make life more difficult for mould. Mold is a collective term used in microbiology for a group of fungi. As such, they cannot destroy your home, but are harmful to health and can cause allergies.
We have collected 10 tips on how you can avoid mold in your home, and the key word is ventilation.
- Air out daily and make it a routine
It is recommended to air out several times a day. Make sure to air out for ten minutes each time. You don’t have to worry about your home being cooled, as it is only the air that is cooled and not the home itself.
- Open the vents in your windows
If there are vents in the window frames and walls, keep them open. The vents help to continuously exchange the air. Make sure all vents and ducts are clean and working.
- Avoid drying clothes in your home
One load of wet laundry releases approximately two litres of water. Dry your clothes on the balcony, in the courtyard or in the laundry room if possible.
- Keep a stable temperature
Keep the same temperature in all rooms in your home. The temperature should preferably not be lower than 18°C. It’s a good idea to switch off the heating when airing out, if possible.
- Air out after showering and use the cooker hood when cooking
A property with four people produces about 10-15 litres of water per day from cooking, showering, etc. The water evaporates into your home and if you don’t air it out, mould can eventually form. Therefore, air out after showering and cooking.
- Avoid opening windows for long periods in winter
Avoid having your windows open for long periods in winter. This can create cold areas in your home where water vapour in the air will seek refuge. In the worst-case scenario, mould can form in these areas.
- Check for condensation on windows
If there is a lot of condensation, you can remove it with a dishcloth. If you don’t remove the condensation, mould can form over time. Pay extra attention in the morning in the bedroom, as a person sweats about 0.2 litres of water every night.
- Cleaning, especially in corners and nooks
Mould can grow in dust, which is why regular cleaning of nooks, corners and exterior walls is important. Remember to clean the top of the skirting boards as well.
- Beware of cold exterior walls
If your property is older, you will often find that the exterior walls are colder than the inner walls. In these cases, it is important not to place furniture with a fixed back edge against the wall. We recommend a minimum of 10 cm between the wall and furniture to ensure air circulation and avoid condensation.
- Keep an eye out for moisture damage
Keep an eye out for moisture damage. If water damage occurs, make sure to contact the property office or your landlord so that the damage can be repaired as soon as possible.