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Tips to reduce condensation and damp

Tips to reduce condensation and damp

There are many ways that you can minimise condensation and damp appearing in your home. Simple changes can make all the difference, and could save you money further down the line, as well as helping to safeguard your health.

1. Reduce moisture

Condensation is caused by excess moisture in the air hitting colder surfaces, so if you want to reduce it appearing, slash moisture levels at home. When you cook, put a lid on pans and keep the kitchen well ventilated by installing an extractor fan or keeping the window open. Similarly, when you take a bath or shower, keep the room well ventilated to allow steaming air to escape through a window or vent. To stop condensation forming, the bathroom windows should be opened, and extractor fans turned on. Try to keep the bathroom door shut as much as possible so the moisture does not escape into other parts of your home. Wet surfaces attract moisture, so wipe them down to get rid of the excess damp.

2. Dry clothes outside

During the winter, we may be more tempted to dry wet clothes indoors on radiators but doing so creates higher moisture levels in the air, contributing to condensation. Try to hang your washing outdoors as much as possible during winter. If you use a tumble dryer to dry clothes, make sure that this is vented to the outside to allow moisture to escape.

3. Allow Air to Circulate

Allow air to circulate in parts of the home where it may otherwise remain stagnant. Regularly open cupboards, drawers, and wardrobes, for instance, to give them an airing and do not overfill them. Create a gap between furniture and walls to stop air from getting trapped and causing condensation to form.

4. Effective Insulation

Avoid damp from entering your home by ensuring it is properly insulated and has an effective damp-proof course. Seal up any cracks or gaps in structures, and repair any damage to gutters or roofing, sooner rather than later. Consider replacing outdated windows and doors with those offering the highest insulation protection, such as double or triple glazing.

5. Adequate heating

Adequately heating your home can help to reduce condensation and damp, so keep temperature levels consistent, especially in those rooms that you may not use often. A heating thermostat can be useful for this. Avoid using paraffin heaters as these tend to create excess moisture.

6. Home ventilation systems

As well as installing extractor fans or air vents in the kitchen or bathroom, there are other home ventilation systems, such as those offered by Envirovent, that you may wish to consider if damp or condensation are a particular problem. Products such as dehumidifiers and condensation control units are excellent at reducing moisture levels in the home, but you may also find heat recovery units beneficial for improving air quality and reducing damp or mould problems.

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