Tougher driving conditions, bigger heating bills and Christmas; that’s generally what winter is associated with. Unfortunately, we’ve got another to add to the list and it cannot be regarded as anything pleasant, with householders probably starting to report bigger bouts of condensation around this time of year.
Of course, this is a problem that can occur at any point during the year. It doesn’t matter if we’re in the middle of another record breaking July or if we’re close to Iceland-like temperatures, condensation can happen anywhere as it is mainly related to the lifestyle choices of occupiers. However, it is more common during the colder months and if you’ve already spotted the symptoms, here’s our guide on how to deal with the problem.
Deal with the problem as a matter of urgency
First and foremost, we should highlight the importance of dealing with condensation as a matter of urgency. If it has got to the stage where mould has developed, the chances of it spreading are increased and you’ll have an even bigger problem on your hand. Therefore, as well as following the tips listed below, make sure you find mould treatment products to quickly eradicate the mould before it gets out of hand.
Use your trickle vents
If your windows include trickle vents then you are blessed. While they may appear like an excuse to bring a draught into the room, they provide the perfect means of ventilation and will go a long way in preventing condensation occurring. Of course, you don’t have to leave them open for the entire day, but when you are occupying your home it’s probably a good idea to as human presence can cause more moisture to be prevalent in the air – which eventually leads to condensation.
Don’t overflow your cupboards
This is a bit of a strange one, but there is logic to it. Condensation has a habit of occurring around cupboards and wardrobes and this is mainly because they are crammed full, which prevents air from circulating properly. In fact, it hasn’t been unheard of for the problem to be found INSIDE these places – which can certainly create an issue when it’s food that’s being stored there as well.
Don’t block off air vents
A lot of older properties have been fitted with air vents and it can be tempting to shove up any furniture you have and block them off. As you’ve probably guessed, this is a definite no-go area and you should be looking to provide as much space as possible between the vents and any furniture.
Constantly ventilate your kitchen and bathroom
Finally, don’t forget to ventilate the two biggest condensation attraction rooms in the house; the kitchen and bathroom. The latter in particular will probably have some form of mechanical ventilation, so make sure this is at least turned on. However, nothing ever beats keeping windows open and if your condensation is particularly bad, ensure you do this during and after the running of any hot water.