The kitchen is the heart of the home – a centre where food and friends come together, a place to fuel your family. However, when undergoing home improvements to address dampness in a home, the kitchen can be overlooked as a source of moisture.
In order to keep your home healthy, ensure you are addressing dampness at the source. Whether you are simmering soup or roasting potatoes, cooking food creates moisture. Making sure you have the right kitchen equipment goes a long way to creating a healthy home environment.
If you need to address dampness in the kitchen, read on. Below are some essential tips to help keep your home dry and free from mould.
Use pot lids and close doors to isolate moisture
Cooking creates a lot of moisture. Whether you’re boiling water for a cuppa or simmering stews, steam is released which can result in condensation forming. This occurs when steam touches a cold surface. To avoid this, keep pot lids on when cooking to prevent moisture build-up. Likewise, if you imagine your kitchen as a large pot itself sending steam through the house, then shutting the doors to hallways and other rooms do effectively the same thing.
Extracting air from the kitchen
An externally vented extractor fan is your best friend in the kitchen. The fan sucks humid air in and vents it outdoors, removing moisture build-up and greasy air, thereby helping keep your home cleaner and drier. Rangehoods are a crucial part of a healthy kitchen – and you can buy them in a range of sizes appropriate to your cooktop and kitchen size. Additionally, keeping your fans clean will ensure that they operate at peak efficiency.
Air cupboards regularly
Unfortunately, cupboards can become damp places, simply by virtue of airflow. Since no air circulates through them, moisture can become trapped, helping mould and mildew grow. However, a fine day with low humidity is the perfect time to air out your cupboards. Encouraging air to circulate through cupboards will help keep them drier and unpleasant damp smells to a minimum. This is especially important with dry goods – over time damp will ruin them.
Address ventilation throughout the whole house
It’s important that you also address ventilation throughout the entire home. Moisture from the kitchen spreads further than you might think – and even by using pot lids and closing doors, moisture will make its way through the home over time. Ensuring you have a ventilation system that extracts moist air will go a considerable way to improving the house-wide symptoms of a damp kitchen.
Addressing a damp home starts in the kitchen
Struggling with damp through the kitchen and your home? Make sure you contact Hometech today to address your ventilation needs. Healthy air means healthy homes – and a healthier you. Addressing dampness starts in the kitchen – however, Hometech can help. We offer a range of ventilation options, helping you find the right ones for your needs.