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Break The Mould: Top Tips For Effective Bathroom Ventilation
The bathroom is naturally a very moist and humid environment, and it is crucial to have adequate ventilation in place. A build-up of moisture can soon lead to the growth of mould and mildew on walls and ceilings, which not only looks unsightly but can also be a health hazard.
An environment that is constantly damp can also create other issues, from dangerous slippery surfaces to rotting floorboards and an unpleasant musty smell. It will also be very difficult to keep clean once the mould begins to take hold.
Therefore you should pay careful attention to the ventilation of your bathroom. Here are some top tips.
Install an extractor fan
An extractor fan is one of the most effective methods of bathroom ventilation. These are designed to circulate the air and remove excess moisture from the room during and immediately after you have had a bath or a shower. Invest in a good quality product with a size and power capacity that is aligned with the size of your space.
They are usually fitted to walls or ceilings.It is also possible to buy a ventilator for a window, should there not be a convenient wall or ceiling space to install a ventilator or if you want to avoid drilling through masonry or plasterwork.
Electric extractor fans should be installed by a qualified electrician to comply with building regulations. When selecting an electrical fan, consider factors such as air pressure, airflow per hour, wattage, maximum operating temperature, diameter, quietness, and aesthetics. A timer with delayed switch-off is also recommended to save energy.
Consider the placement of the fan carefully. Ideally it should be near to the bath or shower area for maximum effectiveness. Once it is installed, remember to keep it in good condition by regularly cleaning out the vents and between the fan blades. They tend to trap dust easily, so check it at least once a month to preempt any issues.
Install a dehumidifier
If your bathroom is small, then a dehumidifier might be an alternative to an extractor fan. They work by trapping condensation and reducing the amount of moisture circulating in the air.
Use natural ventilation
In warmer dry weather, you can keep the window open during and after a bath or shower to maximise the airflow and allow moisture to escape. If your bathroom does not have a window, prop the door open and place any damp towels outside or in another area of the house to dry.
Placing greenery such as ferns or spider plants can help to absorb moisture as well as providing a decorative feature.
Wipe down wet tiles and seals after every shower, and clean your bathroom once a week to keep on top of any mould and mildew build up.