How to Minimize Condensation Help Prevent Damp
Condensation is particularly problematic during the winter months. This happens when the temperatures is cold outside, it causes the warm humid air inside to condense in certain areas of the home. You might notice this more in the mornings when the air outside has been extra cold in the night. Problem areas include the inside of your windows, carpets, wallpapers, timbers and clothes. Condensation can cause damp, leading to unsightly mould patches and can rot or damage surfaces or structures. Structural damage is not cheap to repair so act straight away if you start noticing any damp smells or mould in these areas. As well as damaging our homes, condensation and damp can both contribute to respiratory health problems.
Our Tips to Keep Condensation to a Minimum and Prevent Damp
Try to reduce the moisture getting to into the air as best you can. You can do this by opening a window or using an extractor fan when cooking, boiling the kettle, showering and bathing. Keep kitchen and bathroom doors shut to prevent moisture escaping into other rooms.
Ventilate your home
Extractor fans or air vents, help release some of the humid air. If you don't have any of these types of ventilation then make a point to open a window every now and again. It’s does good to let your home breathe.
Allow air to circulate
Move large furniture away from walls a little and open cupboards and wardrobes to help air circulate. This gets air fresh flowing to areas where the air would otherwise remain stagnant.
Dry clothes appropriately
Dry clothes outdoors when possible or if you have a tumble dryer make sure it is vented to the outside. Drying clothes on radiators adds quite a lot of moisture to the air. However, if you do need to do this then open a window and ventilate the room well.
Good insulation can prevent damp from coming into the house from the outside. Double glazing, damp proofing and loft insulation can all significantly improve your homes insulation. Once your home is efficiently insulated you might need to keep an eye out for condensation and make extra sure you are ventilating your home enough. Whilst insulating does a super job prevent damp getting in and keeping your warm air in, this also means keeping the moisture in too. If damp does become a problem it could render your insulation completely ineffective. This is because if the insulation becomes wet and starts to decay it will lose its thermal properties. In fact, your home will actually end up colder than it was before!
Condensation or Misted Windows?
Condensation happens when warm moist air comes into contact with a cool surface or cool air. If the condensation is on the surface of your windows, inside your home, and you can wipe it away then this isn’t a double glazing issue. This is likely to be a ventilation problem and is common in the winter months when we try to keep the cold air from getting in. Preventing damp and mould in this situation can be as easy as using a dry towel to wipe the condensation away each morning.
If the condensation is appearing between the two panes of your double glazed window (where you cannot wipe it away) this is a warning sign. It means that the seal may be damaged and will no longer working properly. You can hire a double glazing repair specialist to fix the ‘misted window’ or have your window replaced completely. For more advice on double glazing contact one of our local double glazing companies. They will be happy to advise you.
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