As the cold weather kicks in, every happy home dweller faces the oncoming battle with dreaded condensation and worse, the damp and mould caused by severe condensation. But with a bit of knowledge and a few cures up your sleeves anyone can wrangle and conquer condensation.
What is Condensation?
Ever woke to a crisp, cold morning to find droplets of water dripping down your window panes? Although many people first think that their windows are the culprit, in fact it is the level of activity the home occupants that causes the right conditions for condensation to form.
These activities can include the use of water when there is cooking, using the tumble dryer (especially if it doesn’t provide a condenser), air drying washing, bathing and showering and even breathing!
This causes the air in our homes, already carrying moisture, to become saturated. When this air cools down it can no longer hold the water vapour and condenses it onto any surface that is visible and non-absorbent such as your windows. Unfortunately this moisture also infiltrates such absorbent surfaces such as your walls, carpets and home fabrics. Overtime, this can cause severe problems to both you and your home by providing the perfect breeding space for black mould and damp.
Goodness, gracious how do we prevent it?!
The good news is that there are ways to prevent the moisture content of the air in your home. 3
- Install and maintain extractor fans for bathrooms and the kitchen. Make sure that the extractor fans are strong enough to extract due to the size of the room they are installed in.
- Try and use a condenser tumble dryer (and empty it regularly) or ensure that the area around the tumble dryer is well vented with constant air flow.
- Avoid furniture touching the walls – no one wants to move the sofa from the wall to find it harbouring black mould.
- Do not dry clothes over radiators. Besides releasing a high percentage of water vapour most importantly, this can be a fire hazard.
- As much as it is tempting, try and avoid opening a window to remove the condensation when the weather outside is wet. This has a higher humidity and moisture levels to those indoors, escalating the condensation problem indoors.If the weather is mild, try and ventilate the home even if it is a short period of time during the day but try and maintain a constant indoor temperature throughout your home by insulating the home correctly. Find out more about insulation and its costs here.
If you still wish to give your windows their marching orders by replacing them with A+ double or triple glazed windows. A+ double glazing draws more heat into the home whilst triple glazing provides the best heat retention properties and frames.