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Condensation is a common problem in UK homes, especially during the colder months when we fire up the central heating! Moisture in the air is perfectly normal, but when warm, moist air comes into contact with cold surfaces such as windows, roofs and even furniture it condenses, leaving droplets which can lead to a whole host of issues, including damp, mould growth, nasty smells and even cause respiratory problems.
You would think that new ultra-modern homes would be less likely to have damp, but it’s actually pretty common in new builds too, due to moisture gathering during the construction phase and insufficient ventilation. While new builds tend to have very efficient insulation, if the ventilation in a home is not up to scratch it will create a breeding ground for condensation problems.
There are several steps you can take to reduce condensation and prevent it from causing serious problems.
Reduce Moisture Production:
Use lids on pans when cooking
Avoid drying clothes indoors, particularly on radiators
Ventilate your home regularly, especially after cooking, showering, or bathing
Use an extractor fan in the kitchen and bathroom
If you have to dry clothes indoors try using a dehumidifier
Open windows and doors whenever possible
Keep air vents clear
Consider installing a whole-house ventilation system
Insulate your loft and cavity walls.
Install double glazing.
Draughtproof your home.
Maintain Proper Heating:
Heat your home to a consistent temperature.
Use a dehumidifier if necessary
Wipe away condensation as soon as possible to prevent mould growth, being sure to check poorly ventilated areas such as behind large furniture, and around any openings in your home such as windows and doors.
Use mould-resistant paint in areas prone to condensation
Regularly inspect your home for signs of dampness or mould
Addressing Existing Condensation Problems
Identify the source of the moisture and take steps to eliminate it
Repair any leaks or water damage
Dry out affected areas thoroughly
Use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air
Condensation may be a common problem in UK homes, but it doesn’t have to be a major one. By following the tips outlined in this blog, you can reduce condensation and create a healthier, more comfortable living environment.
If your windows and doors are contributing to your condensation issues don’t hesitate to get in touch for a quote.