How to Reduce Humidity Levels to Prevent Mold and Mildew
High humidity levels can often be a contributing factor or cause of mold growth. Too much humidity in a home can lead to mold and mildew proliferation, especially during wet seasons. It is important to moderate these humidity levels and take steps to reduce them if they become too high. Prevention is the most important aspect in keeping mold at bay. Below are some suggestions to help monitor and decrease humidity in the home.
Determine if your humidity levels are high
An indoor humidity monitor can help distinguish if you need to reduce your levels. The recomended humidity levels are 40-50% RH indoors to decrease and prevent mold propagation. Condensation on or around windows is a good indication that moisture levels are too high. Act quickly to remedy the situation before mold begins to take root and becomes a much larger issue.
Be sure to use properly vented exhaust fans while cooking and dish washing and in bathrooms to reduce the moisture in the air. Ensure that ventilation throughout the home is adequate and used, especially in the bathroom.
Buy a dehumidifier
If you live an an area with high humidity, or you just can’t seem to get the levels under control in your home, an adequate dehumidifier may be needed to prevent mold and mildew growth in your home. Make sure you purchase one that will cover the square footage necessary.