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Let’s tackle condensation together

Let’s tackle condensation together

Condensation is when warm air hits cold surfaces and turns into water droplets. These droplets often form on windows and walls.

Everyday activities like showering, drying clothes and cooking can cause condensation which, in turn, can cause mould. Below we have a video and some easy tips on how to prevent condensation in your home.

Keep your home at an even temperature                             

It is best to keep your heating on during winter, even at a low level. An even temperature throughout your home can prevent cold spots where condensation can form.

Experts recommend setting the heating between 18 and 22 degrees.

Ventilate your home

Open windows even if it’s for a short period at least twice a day in winter. If you have trickle vents on windows, leave them open to help the air circulate. Double check that no furniture is covering or blocking any air vents.

Use an extractor fan

Switch on your extractor fan when cooking, washing up or showering. If you do not have an extractor fan you can leave a window slightly open instead. This will help to remove the warm air and stop it spreading around your home.

Put pan lids on

Keep lids on pots and pans when cooking to stop steam being released. This is because steam will increase the amount of warm air in the kitchen that can spread throughout your home and turn into condensation.

Don’t dry clothes on radiators

Don’t dry wet clothes on radiators as the warm air can cause condensation on nearby windows and walls. Instead, you could dry clothes outside, in a closed room with the window open or use a tumble dryer which is externally vented.

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