Moisture is not your home's friend

| by Patrick Nielsen
Moisture is not your home's friend

When you take nice hot shower, does the bathroom mirror fog up, and stay foggy for a few minutes? If that's the way it is in your home, you may not think twice about it. 

But most people don't know what a foggy mirror and bathroom that looks like a steamy jungle scene indicates a problem with your home ventilation.

A national survey from Broan-NuTone and Kelton reveals just how much – or little – people understand about their home bathroom ventilation.

  • 41% of Americans say that their bathroom mirror fogs up when they shower.
  • 81% don't know that a foggy mirror means poor indoor air quality (IAQ).
  • Nearly 6 people in 10 have a fan in each bathroom but only one in five keep it on for 10 minutes after showering. 
  • Only two in five (42%) worry about moisture that could cause mold or mildew.
  • Less than one-quarter (22%) actually worry about the poor air quality in their homes. They are much more concerned with bugs or intruders.

Good news is, it can be easy to improve the indoor air quality in your home by handling moisture better. Your home may have a bathroom fan in the ceiling, and you turn it on. But it may not be vented properly. It may be buried under insulation in the attic. Or it may vent to the attic instead of outside. Or the ductwork could be obstructed in some way.

Work with a qualified contractor to find the solution to your bathroom moisture problems.

Topics: Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation

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