Condensation is a problem many homes are dealing with, building up on the inside of the windows and creating humidity in the home as well as humidity and moulding and ponding on the sill of the window, all of which can cause breathing problems over time.
Heating and ventilation to allow moisture-bearing air to escape outside is the best condensation treatment. Heating the room helps to keep the surfaces above the dew point, while ventilation helps to expel warm air from the outside.
Here are some well-known condensation solutions:
- Trickle vents are fitted to the tops of window frames and can help create ventilation and reduce condensation. The small opening allows for small amounts of ventilation to help reduce the condensation threat by allowing this moist air to escape. Sometimes, as double glazing can contribute to condensation as it prevents air from escaping to keep warm–this trickle ventilation is the perfect solution for retaining heat but maintaining ventilation. Most new windows should have these, or if it’s an issue with your current windows, it’s worth bringing them up in your new windows consultation process.
- If your windows do not have a trickle ventilation or you are looking for a short-term solution, opening a window can help. This is only really possible when you’re at home and in the warmer months, though.
- Use the extractor fan or open the shower window to ensure that the door to the bathroom is always closed. This can help prevent the circulation of moist air around the home.
- Use the cooker hood and fan when cooking to prevent the circulation of moisture, especially when cooking on the frying pan and using a gas cooker.
- Investing in a dehumidifier is one effective solution. You can pick up dehumidifying crystal moisture traps to put on window sills, which can be a good short-term and cost-effective solution as they can often be purchased for just over a pound. Alternatively, invest in an electrical one and always use it on the low economy. It is worth turning the setup higher to counteract the moisture when showering, cooking or dealing with humid washing.
- Do not dry clothes inside; a rotary line can be a great solution both on sunny days and energy-efficient. Alternatively, before or dry pre-dry clothes in the tumble dryer in a well-ventilated home area.
- Do not attempt to compensate for the problem of heavy curtains or nets as they can keep the glass cooler and increase condensation.
- Invest in a good mould and mildew spray to help combat the problem and reduce the threat of lasting damage if you have mould or damp as a result of condensation.
If it is not addressed, condensation can be a real problem, so finding solutions is an important step in protecting your home from damage. But one of the best things you can do for your home is to invest in quality windows to help prevent heat loss and provide ventilation with trickle vents.
Now fight condensation before it’s too late.