How to combat condensation at home
As we move into the colder months, the temperature will drop, and you may begin to see more condensation in your home. Condensation is the result of increased moisture levels, often due to everyday tasks like taking showers and baths, boiling kettles or cooking on the hob. Condensation can lower the quality of the air and eventually lead to damp and mould around your home, which can impact your health if not taken care of.
So, what can you do to prevent it? There are a few things you should keep in mind as the weather gets colder, to ensure that you’re doing all you can to prevent damp and mould in your home.
Keep doors closed
Be sure to keep kitchen and bathroom doors shut, especially when cooking and using the bathroom. This will prevent water vapour spreading to other rooms in the house and stop condensation from reaching other areas.
Dry clothes outside
Avoid drying clothes inside, especially on radiators as this will increase condonation in your home. The best place to dry clothes is outdoors, but if this isn’t possible, make sure you open a window so that the room is properly ventilated. You can also use a dehumidifier if you find condensation is becoming a real problem.
Keep your home ventilated
One way to limit condensation is to increase the airflow around your home. You should try to keep windows and trickle vents open as much as possible to increase air circulation. You should also avoid putting too many things in cupboards and leave around two inches of space between furniture and external walls so that air can flow freely.
Cover pots and pans when cooking
When cooking try to use lids where possible and don’t allow kettles and pans to boil for any longer than you need, to reduce the amount of water moisture in the air. You should always use an extractor fan and try to open widows when cooking.
Wipe windows and windowsills regularly
Are you waking up each morning to droplets on your windows? This will become more common as we enter the autumn and winter seasons. Remove the condensation as you see it, as this will stop any mould from building up. You can use kitchen towel or a squeegee to wipe your windows and windowsills regularly.
What to do if you spot mould in your home
If you spot patches of mould on your walls or ceiling, you can remove it yourself by using specialist cleaning products that are available from most supermarkets. Always follow the manufactures instructions carefully when using these products, and if you notice the mould starts to come back or spreads further, please give us a call.
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If you’re struggling to heat your home, or you’re having problems with damp and mould, please get in touch with us and we can help. You can find out more about preventing damp and mould and keeping you and your family happy and healthy, over on the helpful resources section of our website!