Q. What are the main causes of condensation?
- Not enough ventilation
- Producing too much moisture
- Temperature in your home being too low
- Drying clothes on radiators
Too much condensation can make your home feel damp and can give mould the right conditions to grow. Condensation is a greater problem during winter when the weather gets colder. This is because we tend to keep windows and doors closed to keep the heat inside, so the moisture cannot escape. This means that once the warm air hits any colder surfaces, the moisture it contains will condense.
Here are a few tips to stop condensation from damaging your home:
Make sure your home is heated- Keeping your home warm, so the temperature is between 18C and 21C, will help to prevent condensation. We understand with the rising cost of energy bills you might be worried about putting your heating on. If you’re struggling with this, please give us a call on 0300 303 8540, and we’ll put you in touch with our friendly Income Team who’ll be happy to help you with advice and support.
Dry your clothes outside if possible- Drying your clothes outside is one of the best ways to stop mould problems and condensation in your home. We understand that sometimes this isn’t possible so if you’re drying clothes inside make sure you open the windows and use extractor fans if you have them.
Ventilate your home- This will help reduce condensation by making the moist air escape outside.
- Open bedroom windows for 5-10 minutes when you get up.
- Keep a window open or turn your extractor fan on when you are cooking, in the bath or shower.
- Make sure ventilation grills in doors, windows or walls are not closed.