The Risks of Condensation and How To Prevent It

As the frosty weather is still in full swing, condensation on your windows will be more present than ever, more than likely dismissed by you as “it’s just something that happens” right? Wrong. Interior condensation is not something that should be taken so lightly – excessive amounts can cause damp and mould – two problems that you really DON’T want to deal with.

Interior condensation is caused by an excessive amount of warm moisture in the house. Occurring often during the cold periods, cooling down your windows so that when warm air within your house lands on them, it creates a fog like, wet surface.

Condensation is a threat to your home, causing moulding of plaster and wallpaper which can be dangerous to your health if left untreated. Exposure to damp and mould can cause a variety of health issues, from coughing, throat irritation and in some cases skin irritation. Any signs of mould-related symptoms should be treated with caution, with The Conversation saying that seeing a GP is crucial to avoid further complications.

In order to help you prevent condensation, and evidently lower your risk of mould, damp and potential health risks, we’ve thrown together a few tips on how to decrease the amount of condensation of your windows this winter.

1. Ventilate! One of the most common problems of condensation is that air is simply not circulating properly. Window specialists, Clear View, recommend that you open all of your windows daily, even if it’s just for 10-minutes or so. Newer windows come with multi-locking ventilation systems, so you can fix your window in a position that allows air circulate without becoming a security risk. Allowing ventilation throughout the house will decrease the chances of interior condensation as it allows cooler air into your home so when it hits the windows, the effects won’t be as dramatic.

2. Bathroom and kitchen fans! Extractor fans can be useful things, if you remember to use them. Whilst you’re cooking in the kitchen or bathing/showering in the bathroom, it’s important that you keep the fans switched on, even after you’ve finished to eliminate any lingering air. Cooking and showering releases lots of moisture into the air in the form of steam, meaning that more moisture is entering the air in your home, which in turn will settle on your cold windows, forming more condensation and damp spots within your home.

Extractor fans help remove the moisture from the air…so use them!

3. Be consistent! If you’re British, you’ll understand that it’s not only cold in the winter but a good proportion of the year in fact. Consistent level of temperature should be maintained throughout the entire house all year round – keeping the home at a good enough temperature that the it’s free of icy cold surfaces for warm air to settle on and create condensation.

It’s also important that whilst your heating is on, furniture is not too close to the radiators as this can trap air, causing it to settle on skirting boards, which can create a damp problem.

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