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March 2018

How to eliminate humidity

Humidity creates the perfect place for mould and mildew to flourish. Humid places make it possible for mould to form more or less anywhere, and on any surface. The best way to prevent mould and mildew from appearing—and eventually becoming a serious problem—is to reduce the amount of humidity in your home. But how?

  • Switch on the fan in your washroom whenever you take a bath or shower. It should draw the humidity directly outside.
  • Along the same lines, turn on the exhaust fan on your kitchen range hood whenever you cook. You can even use it when the dishwasher is running, as dishwashers are a major source of humidity.
  • Insulate cold surfaces to prevent condensation from forming on them.
  • Use a dehumidifier or an air conditioning unit. But make sure they are working correctly and that they've been regularly maintained.
  • Avoid putting rugs in rooms that tend to be more humid, like washrooms, and don't lay them directly on concrete floors.
  • Limit the amount of water you use to clean your floors and rugs, as they can take a lot of time to dry completely and create a fertile breeding ground for mould.
  • Have a certified technician install an air exchanger. Models with a heat recovery feature will stabilize your room temperature, creating a more temperate and comfortable climate in your home.

By following these tips, you can make sure that mould and mildew will have no power over the surfaces in your home. And if you find your home to be too dry, try using some lotion!

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