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Reducing the Chance of Mold on Windows


The Florida Solar Energy Center reports that moisture levels in the home are one of the easiest elements to alter so that mold will not grow in a house. Since people prefer humidity levels that are generally below the critical relative humidity for mold growth to occur, the simple acts of using ceiling fans, reducing the number of house plants in a home and leaving interior room (and closet) doors open can all help reduce moisture levels throughout the home.

John Stark with Simonton Windows advises homeowners with plantation style blinds or heavy window coverings that are closed all the time to change their habits. Condensation can get "trapped" in between the window treatments and the windows, creating a damp environment that may encourage mold growth.

"By routinely opening window coverings to increase ventilation near windows homeowners will help reduce both condensation and potential mold growth," says Stark. "Another smart tip is to make sure that air vent deflectors are placed on floor vents to reroute air into the room rather than straight up against a window.

"Vinyl windows are a smart, durable choice for the home. However homeowners have to do their part too. Keeping the home well ventilated and clean during all seasons of the year makes it easy for vinyl windows to remain the most effortless and reliable windows imaginable in the home."

See Simonton Windows Homeowner Booklet Explains Condensation in the Home for more tips on reducing condensation in the home.

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