Everyone loves a sparkling clean home, and that’s especially true in your bathroom. Keeping the bathroom clean takes regular maintenance. One of the worst things for any homeowner is signs of mold. Mold can be prompted by excess moisture which can be triggered by a steamy shower or bath, spilled water on the counter, or even a toilet leak. In this post, we’ll offer four practical tips for preventing bathroom mold.
Most newer homes have vent fans in the bathroom, but many older homes don’t. These are important for removing odors and moisture that can allow mold spores to develop. Use the fan regularly. The fan should have the right power depending on the room – for example, a large master bathroom would need a different fan than a small half-bathroom.
RESEAL THE GROUT
Clean tile and grout in the bathroom regularly. Any moisture that seeps its way into the crevices can turn into bacteria which can then lead to mold. On top of keeping mold away, scrubbing the grout will keep your bathroom looking – and smelling – nicer!
Routine cleaning applies to the shower too. It may seem like an extra chore, but wiping down the walls of shower will make a big difference in the long run to eliminating moisture, and what it leaves behind.
The moisture from wet towels has an impact too. It can impact the moisture in the air, which can encourage mold and mildew growth. Using fresh towels every time you bathe will decrease your chances of bathroom mold and mildew. It can prevent your towels from becoming musty, as well.
THE HIGHER STANDARD
At The Darville Company, we have experts that can help you with all your plumbing and HVAC needs. If you find mold and mildew forming in your bathroom, plumbing or HVAC solutions could be exactly what you’re looking for. Call us for service today at 432-580-9675. Darville is the Higher Standard.
Whether it’s plumbing, HVAC, or any of our services, the goal of The Darville Company is to keep you comfortable. That’s a special challenge here in West Texas, especially with temperatures already hitting the triple digits. When it comes to your HVAC, the power to stay comfortable is in your hands or, at least, it’s on the wall. Knowing how to properly operate your thermostat can keep you cool and keep energy costs down at the same time.
KNOW THE TEMP
Hot temps outside will naturally heat your house, just as cold temps will cool your house. The further the outside temps get from your comfort zone, the more energy is used to keep your home in a comfortable range.
Here in the Permian Basin, it could be 100 one day and only 70 the next. Keep this in mind when setting your thermostat for the day. The greater the difference in temp, the more you’ll pay to stay cool.
The air is either on or it is off. If you are hot, setting your thermostat at 40 will not make it cool any faster. If you’re cold, setting it at 90 won’t make it heat up any faster. Instead, set the thermostat at the desired temperature and be patient.
GET WITH THE PROGRAM
These days, lots of thermostats are programmable. Making use of this feature is a good way to keep the thermostat closer to the outside temperature during the day when no one is home. You can even set it to turn back on when you’re heading home from work. This will save you money by not pointlessly keeping it at a perfect temperature while the house is empty.
Some modern thermostats even have WiFi, allowing you to set or change them via your phone or computer. Others can send reminders when it’s time to change your filters. If your thermostat has these features, use them!
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The certified HVAC experts at The Darville Company can calibrate your thermostat to make sure it’s delivering the best possible performance. To make an appointment, call us today at 432-580-9675. Darville is The Higher Standard.