When the weather gets colder and we delve into the winter months it’s easy to forget about a common issue in many homes, condensation. Condensation on windows occurs when there is excess water vapour in the air and it can happen due to a lack of ventilation, poor insulation or bad temperature control. If left to take its own course, it can cause all sorts of problems including, mould, wood rot etc. So, follow our tips and tricks to ensure you’re comfortable during winter.
1. Extractor Fans and Vents
Get humidity out of the house through the fans, especially where moisture is prone to build up, i.e. bathrooms and kitchens. Make sure you run the bathroom fan for 20 minutes after you’ve had a shower and the kitchen fan for 15 minutes after you’ve finished cooking. It may seem excessive but this ensures that your rooms stay moisture free.
It may sound silly but plants do produce a lot of moisture when inside the house, which is why it is recommended to either move big household plants outside or to simply remove them from the window sill where moisture can gather on the windows.
3. Drying Clothes
If you choose to dry your clothes on a line it is always preferable to dry them outside but we understand that this is not always possible given the unpredictable weather of the UK. So, if you do decide to line dry your clothes make sure they are placed in a well-ventilated room or make sure a window or door is open.
Investing in a dehumidifier may prove useful if you have a recurring problem with damp or mould. You can purchase a portable one with the sole purpose of removing moisture from the air. The only thing that you have to be wary about with a dehumidifier is making sure that you empty the drip pan or basin every once in a while, to ensure that the moisture does not evaporate back into the air.
5. Weather Stripping and Sealing
Managing the temperature inside a house can be frustrating when there is cold air escaping through windows. Double glazing obviously combats this but it can still be a problem. Save on energy bills as well as stopping condensation by using silicone or weather stripping on the cracks and gaps by windows to prevent cold surfaces from appearing and providing the perfect environment for condensation to form.
6. Opening Curtains and Blinds
The winter months can feel cosier with the curtains drawn or the blinds down but this does not allow air to circulate against the windows. Ensure the curtains and blinds are open during the day to dry out any moisture that may gather them. Condensation can often be an accepted annoyance but it really doesn’t have to be.
Follow our tips to ensure a clean, crisp and clear winter. www.dgsupplyline.co.uk
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