Checklist: Moisture Problems in Bedrooms
Bedrooms that are crowded with furniture, bedding, personal possessions can experience moisture problems.
- Condensation on windows.
- Rotting windowsills.
- Mould around windowsills.
- Damage or stained, peeling paint on gypsum wallboards or ceiling.
- Peeling wallpaper.
- Cracked or bulging ceiling.
- Musty odours.
- A damp, musty closet.
- Mould in closets, surfaces of outside walls, behind furniture or hanging artwork, etc.
- Water dripping from ceiling lights.
- Frequent use of room humidifier.
- Excessive house humidity levels (moisture may be coming from another part of the house).
- Lack of air circulation within room.
- Older leaky windows.
- Closed drapes and blinds preventing heat from reaching window.
- Lack of air circulation in closet.
- Inadequate gap at bottom of closet door.
- Bedroom temperature much lower than in other rooms.
- Bed and bedroom furniture too close to outside walls, preventing air movement, blocking warm air floor grille or baseboard heater.
- Too many furnishings preventing proper air flow and heat circulation in room.
- Old, musty carpet.
- Inadequate insulation in outer walls or attic.
- Plants, aquariums.
- Bedroom door closed for too much of the day.
- Run humidifier only as necessary and for short periods of time.
- Control humidity throughout the house.
- Keep air registers, baseboard heaters unobstructed.
- Leave bedroom door open to allow better circulation.
- Windows may need upgrading to energy-efficient units.
- Open drapes or blinds to encourage warm air circulation over window surfaces.
- Do not store items in closet from floor to ceiling on outside walls.
- Open closet door to allow air to circulate or install louvred doors.
- Provide heat to bedroom.
- Keep furniture 15 cm (6 in.) from outside walls, ducts and cold air return.
- Properly insulate cold outer walls and ceiling.
- Reduce furnishings that obstruct air circulation.