Reducing Condensation

Easy Steps to Reduce Condensation...

New homes are usually well sealed and insulated and do not naturally breathe as much as older homes. This often means they are more prone to condensation problems. 

As weather is turning colder it is a good idea to reduce condensation where possible.

Most of us think condensation is caused by windows being the main culprit but that is actually not the cause of condensation. Condensation is cause by you or your family's activity within the home. Given the right conditions condensation will form on any, but it is often more visible on windows. This makes a home often damp and cold which is not ideal in winter.

The effects of condensation on your home promote mould growth on walls, ceilings and materials, such as curtains, carpets and furniture. This mould growth and moisture is a major cause of deterioration in homes and buildings.

A good way to reduce this is by using a variety of methods to help minimise the chance of condensation.

Ventilation can help reduce moisture and condensation, keeping your home drier, healthier and more comfortable. Keeping windows open, even if only by a little for some of the daytime, can help reduce condensation. Some window types can be supplied incorporating passive ventilation which allows you to lock your windows without stopping ongoing ventilation. When cooking, drying laundry, or showering, make sure you let the water vapour escape outside. You can do this by opening windows or vents, or turning on a ventilation fan. 

Dehumidifiers are useful as their sole purpose is to reduce moisture in the air. A dehumidifier draws in the moisture laden air from around the room, extracts the water and deposits it into an inbuilt container. You can easily dispose of this water by removing and emptying the container. 

There are several types of domestic ventilation systems available. They work by replacing the moisture-laden air in your home with air that may be drier – potentially reducing condensation and improving air quality as a result. Some systems have built in electric heaters that can also warm your home.

Double Glazing - Using double glazing helps keep the surface of the inside glass warmer and so reduces the likelihood of condensation forming on the windows. Remember that moisture is still present. 

Thermally Efficient Window Frames – Like double glazing, thermally efficient window frames help prevent the transfer of heat energy through window frames and therefore help reduce the incidence of condensation on windows. Thermally efficient window frames should only be used with double glazing.

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