JAN 19, 2015

Do this to tackle condensation this winter

Condensation affects numerous homes each year. This problem occurs when water vapour in the environment comes into contact with cold surfaces, this creates damp conditions and water droplets start to form.

Signs of condensation are easy to spot. You’ll notice excess water on the inside of glazing and there might be signs of mould and mildew forming on surface areas.

One way to combat condensation is to reduce the level of moisture in the air. This can be achieved in a number of ways.

 Stop drying clothes on radiators

Place wet clothes on radiators and what do you think happens? Heat radiates through the clothing sending moisture into the air. As soon as this vapour finds a cold surface it transforms into condensation. One way to prevent this happening is to stop placing wet clothes on warm radiators. The same goes for a clothes airer as well. If you have no option but to dry clothes in this manner, open a window slightly to give moisture an exit route and close the internal behind you.  

Make sure your tumble dryer is well-ventilated

Drying clothes inside the home over the winter can be a nuisance. One solution is to use a tumble dryer. Check the labels first though to make sure the garment can be tumble dried. Also, make sure you ventilate the dryer using a wall vent or place the hose through an open window to provide a suitable outlet source for moisture.   

Use extractor fans when cooking

Turn cooker hoods on before you start to use the hob. This will draw steam from the room and prevent moisture building up as you prepare a meal. Leave the fan running for a while after you finish using the hob. This should help to remove the last traces of moisture.

Place lids on pans

Before water or sauces start boiling on the hob, pop a lid on the pan. Contain as much moisture as you can within the pan and reduce the steam output. Open a window or a door if there’s an excess amount of steam within the room. 

Switch kettles off early

Kettles produce a large amount of steam. Most electric kettles have an auto-switch that clicks into action when the water is boiled, they can take quite a while to react though.  Make a brew and turn the kettle off as soon as the water starts to boil to prevent unwanted team filling the room. 

Open bathroom windows

Bathrooms are vulnerable to condensation. Take a hot shower or have a long soak in the tub and the room quickly fills with steam. One way to lessen the impact is to use an extractor fan. Another basic tip is to open a window as soon as you start running hot water to prevent a build up of moisture in the room.

Take active steps to controlling condensation within your home and check for signs of black mould growth around windows, on cold walls and external doors. 

Created on 19th January 2015
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