People should keep lids on saucepans and use heating all day to avoid damp and mould forming in their homes this winter, a council has advised.

Eastbourne Borough Council has issued its top tips for keeping spores at bay, though the advice has received a mixed response.

A post on the council’s Facebook page reads: “As air temperatures cool down, the air can't hold as much moisture, condensation can form on windows or in the corners of walls, and in these conditions black mould can start to appear.

The Argus: People have been criticising the council for its advicePeople have been criticising the council for its advice (Image: Andrew Gardner)

“Low levels of condensation are unavoidable in most properties, but these simple steps can make a big difference to reduce air moisture levels in your home and help to prevent issues with damp and mould from forming.”

The guide reads as follows:

  • Lids on saucepans can reduce condensation.
  • Dry clothes outside where possible.
  • Vent tumble dryer to the outside or use a condenser.
  • Use well ventilated bathrooms to dry clothes indoors.
  • Mop up condensation on windows every day.
  • Keep furniture away from external walls.
  • Use low level heating all day rather than short blasts.
  • Open trickle vents on window frames.
  • Maintain good ventilation as much as possible.
  • Ensure that extractor fans are working and in use.

People have been criticising the council, with one person saying: “Low level heating, that's a joke I can't afford to have the heating on.”

The Argus: The graphic posted to social mediaThe graphic posted to social media (Image: Eastbourne Borough Council)

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Another said: “Heating on all day, are you having a laugh?”

Another angry reader said: “How do you do that when it's like a fridge without opening the window?”

But the council said the list highlights its commitment to tackling the issue.

"We take the problem of damp and mould very seriously," said a spokesman.

"We want tenants to do whatever they reasonably can to avoid it occurring in their homes. We have provided a list of steps you can take, especially at this time of the year."