Reduce condensation in your property
Winter is coming to an end but temperatures are stubbornly staying sub-10C. If you haven’t already suffered it, condensation in your house is likely to also sticking around, which may cause damp problems if left unattended.
Condensation forms on windows and walls because their surfaces cool as the outside temperature falls. Moisture in warm inside air condenses as it cools which forms water droplets.
It is the most common form of dampness in properties and, if left unaddressed, can create mould growth, which can lead to serious health issues and breathing difficulties.
Here are the easiest ways to reduce condensation.
Tip 1: Keep your home well ventilated by opening windows every day. Open drip vents in windows to allow additional airflow. If you have condensation on windows, it is likely to be elsewhere in your property as well.
Tip 2: When cooking, always turn the extractor fan in the kitchen on high. This will extract any excess moisture. And open a window for extra ventilation and leave the extractor fan on for an extra five minutes after you’ve finished cooking.
Tip 3: Keep lids on pots and pans whilst cooking so that the moisture does not escape from the pots.
Tip 4: When taking a bath or shower open the bathroom window and turn the extractor fan on. Try to keep the bathroom door shut so the moisture doesn’t escape into other parts of your home.
Tip 5: When drying clothes indoors, put them in an enclosed room and keep a window in the same room open.
Tip 6: Leave a gap between your walls and furniture to allow air to flow away from your walls and circulate the room. If air lingers between furniture and walls the air could condense onto walls.
Tip 7: Airbricks and chimneys should be clear to allow airflow in and out of your home.
Tip 8: Try to maintain a constant temperature in your home. If the air is all the same temperature, condensation can be avoided.
Tip 9: Always repair water leaks to avoid extra moisture entering your home.
Tip 10: Ensure guttering and down pipes are carrying water away from your building. Damaged or blocked guttering or drainpipes soak external wall which can seep inside.