It’s reached that time of year where the temperature starts to plummet, the heating’s on, washing needs drying and roast dinners need cooking. But all these activities, usually result in one thing – condensation.
The excess water vapour caused by these every day activities is absorbed into the atmosphere, and when cooled, the result is water vapour. The most common sign of condensation is water collecting on the inside of your windows.
Some of the most common reasons for condensation can be due to lack of insulation or poor heating. It may seem harmless, but the build-up of condensation over time can lead to some more serious issues such as damage to furniture and decorations, and even black mould – which can be harmful to you and your family’s health.
But don’t panic there are steps you can take to prevent these build-ups …
– Where possible dry your clothes outside. Take advantage of any finer weather by drying your clothes outside on the washing line, rather than in the tumble dryer or on the radiators.
– Open the bathroom window when taking a bath or shower to let the heat generated escape.
– Avoid pushing any items of furniture right up against the walls. Leave a gap as this will enable any air to circulate around the room more easily.
– When you’re cooking and boiling things on the hob, remember to leave the pan lids on so that the steam is unable to escape, or switch on your extractor fan if you have one.
If your problem is more extensive, you may want to consider replacing any single glazed windows for the latest double or even upgrading to triple glazed windows. This can make a huge difference in the insulation of your house, not only eliminating condensation (with the right ventilation) but even saving you money on energy bills!