Mold thrives in damp conditions. (Typically in conditions over 60% humidity), the ideal humidity in the home is between 30 & 50 percent. Maintaining low humidity will also discourage pests like dust mites and cockroaches. There are many reasons why you may have a problem with damp or mold.
It could be a problem on the outside of the building, for example, if the guttering is not attached properly, this could cause water to come through. When I and Sadie was in temporary accommodation through the council, they put us in a flat that we referred to as our damp flat.
This was a bit of a joke that we had but the flat was very damp. Water would go through the wall and run down, and any furniture that was left in this room would quickly get mold on it.
The reason for the damp conditions was because when it rained, the water was running off the fire exit straight onto our wall. In this case, the dehumidifier didn’t work as the problem would need to be fixed from the outside. Mold is quite common and In some cases, it can be prevented just by doing a few things, these are:
1. Open windows
This will help control the humidity and will also allow fresh air to circulate. On top of this fresh air will reduce the musty smell of damp.
2. Keep furniture away from the wall
Wooden furniture that is close to the wall is at risk of becoming moldy, you can reduce the risk of furniture getting ruined by simply moving it a little away from the wall. This will overall help with circulation and will reduce the build up of damp and mold.
Most common pieces of furniture that get mold on is usually bedframes, wardrobes and chest of drawers, and the last thing you want is mold where you sleep or on your clothes.
3. Use a dehumidifier
Control the humidity with a dehumidifier. (If you keep the humidity of a room below 60%, you can prevent mold and damp massively) - Most rooms that I have checked have had humidities of about 80% on average and this is the perfect humidity for mold to form.
I think that dehumidifiers are wonderful tools and they should be used in every household because they help keep your environment healthy and also make you mindful of your surroundings.
You should monitor it occasionally to make sure that the humidity in your room is not too high but is also not too low, as low humidity can cause a sore throat, dry skin, chapped lips, and even skin irritation.
I own the Pro Breeze dehumidifier, and it is perfect for the job. It has a fan which circulates air around the room, this stops air from going stagnent. Simply set the humidity to what you desire, and the dehumidifier will get to work to make it happen.
It has wheels on the bottom which makes it easy to move around your home, and once the water capacity is full, the device automatically goes on standby. Get yours now.