homes experience condensation (sweating windows)
during the winter months. It occurs when
warm, moist air comes into contact with cold
surfaces such as windows & condenses into
liquid. It is more of a problem now than in the
past as our houses are sealed more efficiently,
preventing moisture escaping.
It can also
occur on other surfaces such as walls and
ceilings. Over time, these damp surfaces can
provide a perfect environment for
mould & mildew to grow.
several kilos of moisture is generated in our
homes via a number of sources. Breathing,
washing dishes, showering, cooking, washing
clothes, drying clothes in the tumble dryer and
indoor heating are just some common
How to prevent condensation:
There are a
number of ways to reduce, or prevent
condensation occurring in your home including;
- If you have a particular room that is prone to
condensation (in my experience, bathrooms and
bedrooms are most commonly affected), then use a
dehumidifier to remove some moisture from the
air. There are a number of products available
ranging from containers with crystals which
absorb excess moisture to larger electronic
dehumidifiers. Humidity in the home should be
- Whenever you are taking a shower or bath or
cooking, use an exhaust fan. If you do not have
exhaust fans in your home, open the window when
cooking and using the bathroom.
windows - A simple and effective measure is
to open windows for a few minutes on a morning.
Sleeping with windows ajar can also be an
effective way to prevent, or reduce
- Tumble dryers are a major cause of increased
moisture in the home. Wherever possible, hang
washing outside on the line. If you must tumble
dry, keep the room well ventilated and make sure
the dryer vents outside.
plants are another cause of condensation.
Keep them away from windows. Limit the number of
plants you keep indoors.
Containment - When cooking in the kitchen or
using the bathroom, try to keep the water vapour
contained by closing the door to prevent it
- Paraffin and portable gas heaters produce more
moisture than other forms of heating, so avoid
using them if possible.
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