14 ways to help reduce condensation in your property

14 ways to help reduce condensation in your property10/10/2014

14 ways to help reduce condensation in your property

By EnviroVent

As the clocks change and the evenings get darker, we are reminded that the winter weather is just around the corner. During the winter months, we start to feel the cold more and this brings our attention to the damp and condensation issues that are lurking in our homes.

Condensation is perhaps the most common form of dampness that can appear in your property and can cause wallpaper to peel, damp patches to appear on walls and a build up of moisture on your windows. Left untreated the condensation can create mould growth which can be potentially harmful and lead to serious health issues and breathing difficulties.

The reason condensation appears in your property is due to a lack of adequate ventilation. As we spend more time indoors and make our property more energy efficient the build up of moisture and humidity levels increase.

In fact, four people living in a 3 bedroom property would create 112 pints of moisture a week from just breathing, cooking, showering and boiling the kettle.

So how can you reduce the condensation in your property?

If you constantly have to wipe condensation off your windows and have a dehumidifier running for lengthy periods of time then you may want to think about whole house ventilation as a permanent solution to condensation and to improve the air quality indoors for your tenants or family.

If you are looking for a short term fix rather than a permanent solution then here are our suggestions to reduce the condensation levels in your property:

  1. If you have a washing machine or tumble dryer in your property, ensure that it is vented correctly. From just one load of washing two litres of water is emitted into the air.
  2. Where possible, try to dry clothes outdoors to prevent excess moisture escaping into your property. If you have no choice but to dry clothes inside we would always advise that you open your doors or windows in these rooms.
  3. When cooking, boiling a kettle, taking a shower or bath, ensure that your kitchen or bathroom door are kept closed to prevent steam going into colder rooms which will cause condensation to form.
  4. When cooking ensure that you cover your pans with a lid to reduce moisture. Also ensure that you have opened a window or you are using an extractor fan if you have one fitted. Don’t turn off the extractor fan or close the window as soon as you finish cooking - leave it open for 15-20 minutes afterwards to clear the air.
  5. Similar to when cooking in the kitchen, when you are taking a shower or a bath ensure that you turn on an extractor fan or open a window to get rid of the steam that is created when running warm water in a cold environment. This will help reduce the amount of condensation that appears on your bathroom windows but won’t eliminate the problem.
  6. Portable gas bottles and paraffin heaters produce a lot of moisture, along with a lot of toxic fumes. Not only is this form of heat causing excess condensation in your property, it is also a health and safety hazard and is stated in most tenancy agreements as not allowed in rented flats.
  7. Many families have house pets and plants which produce moisture. Make sure you cover fish tanks and if you are suffering from excess condensation look to move your plants outdoors.
  8. If you don’t have an extractor fan in your bathroom or kitchen then make sure that you wipe down the surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen when you have been cooking or taking a shower to remove any moisture that has settled on the surface. This excess moisture that sits on the surface will quickly turn to mould which is difficult to completely remove.
  9. Do not overfill your bedroom wardrobes and kitchen cupboards. With lack of ventilation and trapped warm air your overfilled cupboards are a breeding ground for mould as the air is not able to circulate freely inside.
  10. For the same reason as above, make sure that your furniture is at least 50mm away from the surrounding walls so that air can move around the property. Also try to put wardrobes against internal walls in your bedroom which will be less cold than external walls.
  11. Ensuring an adequate amount of heating in your property will improve the internal temperature of surfaces in the house and reduce the likelihood of condensation.
  12. If you use a room on a regular basis, such as a living room, open a window slightly to improve the ventilation in the room. Breathing is a major cause of condensation so this will help to improve the ventilation in your property.
  13. Double glazing, loft insulation and draft proofing will help to reduce the amount of heat that is lost from a property. Installing insulation will help to keep the temperature of the surfaces inside your property high.
  14. Adequate ventilation is essential to allow the moisture to escape from a property before it turns into condensation. Installing an energy-efficient extractor fan in the kitchen and bathroom can improve the humidity levels and prevent condensation.

If you are looking for an intelligent extractor fan for your bathroom or kitchen we would recommend that you look at the Cyclone 7 which is a whisper quiet fan with antimicrobial protection and intelligent vapour tracking. The annual running costs of the fan is less than £4.05 and this award winning product even comes with a 7 year guarantee!

Not sure if your problems is condensation or rising damp? Request a free home survey and a local ventilation expert will visit your property and check the problem in your property and advice you on whether or not it is a condensation problem.


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Noel Edge Wed, 28th January 2015
Lots of valuable information. I will definitely add a link on my website to enable people to visit Envirovent's information and solutions to combat this common issue.

Logan Murphy Fri, 6th November 2015
We have some rising damp issues around our property. Especially in the winter, like you said. Since the winter will be here so soon I've been looking for tips to reduce the condensation. I like your tip of making sure that our washer is vented correctly. I can see how that would help. Thanks for the wonderful tips. I think they will help a lot.

John Gray Mon, 8th February 2016
Some really useful tips here! I've had loads of problems with damp in the past and I always tried using a dehumidifier. Originally I bought a dehumidifier but it didn't work. I ended up buying a PIV unit and it reduced the amount of mould build up in my bedroom - couldn't recommend it enough, especially for people with breathing difficulties.

Nicholas Bastow Tue, 28th June 2016
Thanks for posting this! A big help in preventing our windows from moisture.

Rita Galeas Mon, 8th August 2016
Wonderful tips on how to reduce condensation problem, thanks for your great tip, i will definitely going to follow this.

Dan Burrows Thu, 29th September 2016
I have been using this product to take care of excess humidity in my basement, works well for me.

Ricky Wed, 26th October 2016
These are some excellent tips! I had condensation in between the double glazing of one of my window.

Jonathan Morris Fri, 9th December 2016
I wish my tenants would read this article. I understand that ventilation is required but tenants do not help the issue when they dry their clothes indoors and don't think about putting lids on pans. I've gone above and beyond to ensure my tenants are happy. I have even installed a tumble dryer in one property which I know wasn't used by the last tenant as it still had the instruction manual inside the dryer. Tenants will always complain as they think it is a problem with the house and not the person living in the property.

Alison Browning Fri, 30th December 2016
For some odd reason I find my walls get wet in mild, clammy, damp/wet weather, when its crisp and frosty it's less of a problem , no idea why this should be, I have the top and bottom of my windows open a bit all year round and when I cook windows, door and extractor fan go on, the walls of the house that are the outside walls cannot have things along them in late autumn and winter, where as in spring and summer it's not an issue. Getting fed up the mould ceilings which in this 200 year old house are high so I can't get up there to clean them in spring.

Mr King Fri, 6th January 2017
I use crystal granial boxes but have no visual signs of damp or mould on the carpets or walls.

Sarah Sat, 7th January 2017
I lived in my property for 8 years before renting out for 3, I've been back a year and my tenants greased all the windows shut and taped all the vents up. Guess what... I have a damp issue!

David Topliss Sat, 14th January 2017
Would just like to say how pleased we are with the unit we had fitted in our bungalow last year we left leaving feedback till we had given it a full year in all weathers , we had a bad condensation problem and black mould on the window frames and corners of the ceilings, we are pleased to say we haven't had any at all since having the unit installed , we are thrilled this winter not having to wipe all the condensation of all the windows every morning . Anyone thinking of having one fitted you should go a head ASAP .

Danny Sun, 22nd January 2017
I've seen the PIV fans that help with the condensation and black mould problem.