We have talked about the signs of condensation previously but as they say, prevention is better than the cure! So, what ways to prevent condensation in your home are available? We came across the following article on endsleigh.co.uk which gives tips on preventing condensation in your home. Take a look at their advice below…
1. Keep your home’s temperature consistent
As condensation happens when warm air hits a cooler surface (such as a window), a way of preventing this from happening is to keep your home’s temperature consistently warm. This will warm the surfaces of your home and assist in reducing condensation.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to keep your heating on full every day. You can just leave it on in the background, nice and steady, to make sure that there are no sudden drops in temperature. It’s also a good idea to heat the whole house rather than just one room.
This probably won’t matter for the warmer months of the year, but is a key factor in preventing condensation in the colder months.
2. Increase ventilation
Ventilation can stop moisture being trapped and leading to condensation in your house. There are a few ways you can increase ventilation.
• Leave windows open
• Choose windows with ‘trickle vents’ or have vents fitted to your existing windows. These vents naturally allow air to transfer outdoors.
• Add more ventilation. If you have a property or particular room which doesn’t have adequate ventilation, you could fit vents in doors/walls to allow air to circulate more fully.
3. Carefully place furniture
When it comes to preventing condensation, it’s important to consider furniture location.
Try and avoid placing furniture against an external wall
This is a wall which separates your room from the outdoors. Because of their location, external walls are naturally colder than internal walls. If you have furniture placed against that wall, it can trap moist air, react with the cold wall and therefore result in condensation and mould growth.
Leave a gap between furniture and walls
For the same reason as the above, if you have furniture placed against other walls, try and leave a gap so that air can circulate throughout the room.
4. Try not to dry your clothes indoors
There are various activities that you’ll probably carry out on a daily basis that can add more moisture to the air in your home. Drying your clothes on an airer/radiator is one of those activities.
Just take a look at these things you do every day and how much moisture they produce.
• 2 active people in 1 day- 3 pints of moisture produced
• Cooking/using the kettle – 6 pints of moisture produced
• Bathing/showering – 2 pints of moisture produced
• Washing clothes – 1 pint of moisture produced
• Drying clothes – 9 pints of moisture produced
Total amount of moisture in one day = 21 pints
This is why it’s so important to ventilate your property when carrying out an activity which produces a lot of excess moisture.
Activities like cooking/showering are helped by the use of extractor fans. But if you can’t dry your clothes outside, here are some precautions you can take:
• Dry your clothes in the bathroom with the door closed
• Make sure the extractor fan is on
• Use a tumble dryer
• If you must dry clothes in other areas, open windows to allow the moisture to escape.
5. Purchase a dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers are appliances which work to lessen the amount of moisture in the air and maintain the humidity levels in your home. You could purchase a few of these and place them around your home to try and reduce the amount of moisture.
6. Make sure tumble dryers are managed properly
Tumble dryers tend to release a lot of warm air. This, for obvious reasons, doesn’t help when trying to stop condensation forming.
If you use a vented tumble dryer, it’s really important to make sure that the ventilation pipe feeds to the outside of your home. For example, out of the window. This will help ensure that any moisture is being released outdoors.
If you use a condenser tumble dryer (where you don’t need to use a ventilation pipe), because the dryer heats the surrounding air, this could cause condensation. For this reason, it’s a good idea to make sure that the dryer is in a well-ventilated room with enough space for the air to circulate. Many suppliers state that dryers should be in a room which sits between five and 30 degrees Celsius.
7. Make sure extractor fans are switched on
When you’re showering/cooking/doing anything that may release moisture into the air, extractor fans should be switched on in order to help remove the moisture. If you don’t have an extractor fan, you could consider getting one fitted. If you tend to forget to turn your extractor fan on, it could be worth switching to a fan which automatically activates when the room’s moisture levels peak.
The full article can be read on endseigh.co.uk.
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