Posted on 13 05 2024

Moisture Management: How to Dry Laundry Inside

Winter in Aotearoa brings chilly winds and rainy days, making drying laundry an annoying challenge. Many of us resort to drying clothes inside on a clothes horse or rack. 

When wet clothes are hung indoors, moisture lingers in the air, creating the perfect conditions for condensation and dampness, which in turn allows mould and mildew to grow. 

What might surprise you is that a single load of laundry can introduce up to 2 litres of water into the air. That's a lot of moisture just waiting to wreak havoc on your home.

Here are some tips to avoid excess moisture drying laundry indoors:

  1. Choose the Right Spot: Select a well-ventilated area with good airflow to hang your laundry. 
  2. Drying support: Place your drying rack near a heating source or dehumidifier to help speed up the drying process and reduce airborne moisture. 
  3. Extractor Fans: If you're drying laundry in the bathroom, turn on the exhaust fan to help vent excess moisture outside. 
  4. Rotate Clothes: Rotate clothes periodically to ensure even drying and prevent moisture buildup in one spot.

With these simple tips, you'll have a much dryer home this winter. Remember, condensation and excess moisture levels can be a breeding ground for mould, bacteria, and mildew. With adequate ventilation systems, you can control the amount of moisture in your home, making it easier to heat and saving you money on your power bills while also creating a healthier environment.

Our Team of home energy assessors at GreenSide offers best-practice advice on controlling moisture and condensation and improving air quality.

The first step is to book your FREE home energy assessment.


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