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Properly ventilate your small rooms to prevent mold from forming.

Aside from being unpleasant to stay in, small rooms with poor ventilation are susceptible to mold growth.

Mold is both harmful to occupants and harmful to objects such as furniture, art, fixtures, carpets, and walls.

In small rooms, your goal should be to allow air to move. Air that has movement is less likely to build up with stagnant moisture or humidity. In addition to this, well-ventilated rooms also feel cooler, dryer, and more comfortable.

Today, we’ve compiled various tricks you can apply to improve air circulation and remedy your small room’s ventilation problems.

Opening the Window Isn’t Enough

Merely opening the window is not sufficient to create adequate airflow. If the air on the outside is still, you may only receive a small amount of air exchange.

A good solution would be to pull fresh air through the room after you open a window. You can do this by setting a fan near the room’s doorway, facing outside the room towards the hall.

The fan’s back will act as a vacuum, thus suctioning air from the window through the room and out. You’ve successfully created sufficient airflow. If you want to take things a step further, you can generate cross-ventilation by opening a second nearby window.

Door Height Is Important

Opening the door and circulating the air with a fan is a great way to ventilate a small room. However, most people would like to have their doors shut at least occasionally.

Therefore, doors should have a half-inch or three-quarter-inch gap between the bottom edges and the floor. Installing a new door may be costly and time-consuming, but it will allow you to improve ventilation without compromising privacy.

Passive Solutions and Windowless Rooms

Many areas have regulations requiring bedrooms and living rooms to have egress windows. However, laundry rooms, storage rooms, dens, and home offices often lack ventilation fans or windows.

In many cases, leaving the door open or installing a louvered door isn’t an option. In this case, you may consider installing a passive vent. This vent is not electrically or mechanically managed.

Curing Dampness

If your room is routinely damper or cooler than the rest of the home, your room most likely has condensation issues.

You may consider reducing humidity with a dehumidifier and turning up the heat and airflow to help reduce dampness. However, these solutions do not cure the underlying problem.

To cure the underlying problem, you may have to reduce any plants from the small space. Or, you may have to locate and fix a draft that enters through a broken or poorly sealed window using weather stripping or caulking.

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Source: homeguides.sfgate, hunker | Image: publicdomainpictures

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