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How to avoid getting mould when your heating is off as energy bills soar

Mould creeps into cold houses – here’s how to avoid it (Picture: Getty)

With cold weather comes condensation, which often makes homes damp bringing with it the threat of mould.

As well as being an eyesore and a general nuisance, mould can cause and worsen health issues and is especially bad for people with respiratory problems such as asthma, or are suffering from a cold, flu, or Covid-19.

One way to dry out the air indoors is to put the heating on – but the energy bill crisis means that this will cost you more than a pretty penny.

In fact, rising energy costs have pushed inflation to a 40-year high and it’s likely to get worse as prices have already risen by 1.1% in the year to October.

That’s why has rounded up the best tips to beat indoor mould without paying through the nose for central heating.

Ensure a steady flow of fresh air

Mould thrives in stagnant air, so it’s important that you allow fresh air to flow into your home as frequently as possible.

In the winter months, this can be particularly difficult since it’s so cold outside so instead of opening your windows all at once, try allowing the air in in intermittent periods room by room.

Rooms that are prone to damp like bathrooms and kitchens should have the window open whenever they’re in use.

Mould is attracted by damp areas (Picture: Getty)

Locate and fix any leaks

Inspect your roof, sinks, boiler and pipes to check that everything is sealed correctly and there is no room for moisture to leak.

If you suspect there’s a leak somewhere but you can’t find it, it might be worth getting a specialist out to take a look.

According to CheckaTrade, water leak detection services cost an average of £500 in the UK— that’s a lot of money but you might end up spending loads more in the long run, as an unattended leak will wreak havoc on your water bill.

Most small leaks can be tended to without the help of a professional. All you need is some plumber’s putty, a putty knife and a spare few minutes to watch instructions on Youtube.

Leaky pipes can also be fixed using rubber tape, pipe repair spray or a clamp.

Clean with mould-killing products

Mould removers can be very effective at getting rid of mould.

Expert Reviews recommend Astonish Mould and Mildew Remover, for the most efficient job but most cleaning brands have their own version.

If you spot some mould and you’re in a bind, you can get rid of it quickly with some bleach, using this simple TikTok hack.

Get an air purifier/ dehumidifier

Air purifiers and dehumidifiers have a load of different benefits.

They can cut your laundry drying time in half, make your house feel warmer and they do wonders for your sinuses, all while keeping mould away.

You can buy them from most major tech retailers and though they rely on electricity to run, they’re probably much cheaper than you think.

Decent dehumidifiers start at around £50, depending on the size. (Credits: Getty Images)

Use mould-preventing paint

Anti-mould paints are available at most DIY stores and they do a pretty good job at preventing mould, providing you take other measures to keep a room well-ventilated.

If you’re renting, you can ask your landlord if the paint in your bathroom in anti-mould. If it isn’t, you’re well within your rights to ask them to paint over with the good stuff, since keeping a property clear of mould is their legal responsibility and a duty of care.

Homeowners should top up their anti-mould paint about every six years.

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