Buying a vacation property is exciting, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility. Upkeep should be a top priority—and this means making sure that mold doesn’t have an opportunity to run rampant in your absence.
Below are just a few of the things you can do to prevent that from happening.
Reduce and/or get rid of clutter
If you’re the type of person who likes to hold onto old magazines, or you have stacks of files and paperwork that tend to collect around your home computer, you may want to consider cleaning that up. Household clutter can block airflow, which can inhibit your HVAC system’s ability to circulate air. If you have curtains or furniture that’s blocking air supply vents, you’ll want to remedy that sooner than later.
Make sure your air conditioning unit is right-sized for the space
If your central AC unit isn’t the right size, it will run constantly. Not only is this going to have a significant impact on your monthly cooling bill, the unit may not succeed in doing its job. This means you may still have parts of your home that are warm and humid. (Fact: mold loves to grow in warm, dark and humid spaces.)
If you have questions about whether your AC is the correct size for your home, call a local HVAC expert to schedule an evaluation.
Consider a dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers come in all shapes and sizes. Some homeowners prefer standalone units while others prefer to have dehumidifying component installed on their HVAC system. A heating and cooling expert can help you understand the pros and cons of both, along with what is likely to work best based on the size of your home.
Hire a home watch company to keep an eye on your property when you’re not in town
If you plan on being out of town for weeks or months at a time, you’ll want to consider hiring a home watch company to care for your home in your absence.
At Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge we have years of experience in helping keep local homeowners’ investments safe and secure. We’ll perform regular in-home inspections and if we see something, we feel could lead to a mold problem, we’ll contact you immediately. This will allow you to address any and all issues before they become full-blown problems. For more information on our company or to learn more about rates, call us today at 239-299-7294.