Healthy Homes top tips
January 15th 2024, by ccha2120
12 tips to prevent condensation
One issue that can arise during the colder months is excess condensation, which can lead to problems such as mould growth. While small amounts of condensation are normal and usually not a problem, there are some everyday things we can all to do help prevent it.
What is condensation?
Condensation happens when moisture in the air of your home settles on a cold surface, normally a wall or window. Water will then collect on the surface and is common in our homes, especially during the winter or when cooking, cleaning, and showering. Even breathing can contribute to condensation. You may notice it on your windows when it is cold outside and warm inside. The following tips will help you prevent and manage condensation. If you still have problems after following these tips, get in touch with us to help.
Open your windows
Opening windows when cooking, bathing, showering and drying clothes helps moist air escape and prevent water collecting on surfaces.
Turn on the extractor fan
It’s always a good idea to turn on your extractor fan when cooking, showering, or bathing. This will help remove any excess moisture from the air and prevent mould growth. Next time you’re cooking up a storm or enjoying a hot shower, remember to turn on that switch!
Put lids on pans when cooking
Remember to put a lid on your pan when cooking. It will stop the steam escaping and causing condensation to form on surfaces.
Keep your home heated & set your thermostat
To avoid excess moisture, try keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. Setting the thermostat to the lowest comfortable temperature, ideally between 18 – 21°C, is a great way to keep your home a steady temperature and keep energy bills down.
Did you know that drying clothes outside can help reduce moisture in your home? If you have to dry your clothes indoors, try using a drying rack and opening a window slightly or turn on your extractor fan to reduce condensation.
Move furniture away from walls
Condensation can form on cold external walls, and if furniture is resting against them, it can cause mould to form. Moving your furniture away from radiators or heaters can also help improve heat and air circulation around the room.
Put up curtains and add rugs
Curtains and rugs are essential for keeping your home warm during the colder months. It’s best to have curtains stop between the windowsill and above the radiators which allows for maximum warmth to be kept in. It’s also helpful to open the curtains in the morning and close them at dusk to let in heat from the sun and keep the cold out at night.
Twist the radiator valves
Turning up your radiators in the rooms you use the most and lower in the rooms can make a big difference in your energy bills and keep your home comfortable all year long.
Close your doors
Close internal doors and use draught excluders to help keep the heat in the rooms you use the most. This can be a great way to reduce the heat that moves into the colder areas of your home and keep you warm and comfortable.
Wipe away condensation
If you notice any condensation on a surface, wiping it down with a dry and clean cloth or towel is important. This will help prevent any potential water damage or mould growth.
If you happen to spot any signs of excess condensation, the tips aren’t helping, or you notice damp and mould in your home, please contact us right away. We will arrange for an inspection and provide you with guidance on the next steps to take.