We usually associate mold outbreaks with hot, humid weather, but houses closed up tightly for winter can present some mold problems as well. During the wet winter months, we often bring coats, scarves and gloves into the house that are wet from snow or frost. Not allowing these to dry properly can present problems.
To prevent mold and mildew in clothes, make sure they are completely dry insider and out prior to hanging them in the closet. If at all possible, closets should not be so tightly packed that air cannot circulate around and between clothes. Remove liners from winter boots to speed the drying process, or place crumpled newspaper in the toes to help draw out moisture.
The carpet around entryways often gets wet during the winter months. When this happens, try to absorb excess moisture before it seeps through to the backing. Consider using small throw rugs in these areas which can be removed and dried quickly in the dryer.
Remember, just because it is not warm and humid does mean your home is safe from mold. Also, with homes being closed up tightly in the winter months, the symptoms of mold exposure are more likely to be experienced by everyone. If you suspect the presence of mold or need help in determining what areas of your home are most susceptible, consider using a company that specializes in mold remediation.