With summer well out of the window and winter slowly creeping up on us, it’s time to start whacking up the heating and setting a light to the wood burner. As nice as a warm house is during the winter months, one thing that frequently gets on the nerves of home owners is condensation on the windows, especially if it is a beautiful white snowy day outside.
Condensation is formed due to the lack of ventilation in your home when there is a polar opposite of temperature on each side of the window. For example, when it is cold outside and hot inside, there is likely to be condensation on the windows. To be rid of this nuisance, we have provided 5 tips to ensure that you never have to roll your sleeve over your hand and wipe away the excess moisture again.
Circulate the air Inside Your Home
If the weather outside isn’t too frightful, however you are still getting condensation inside your home, we would recommend leaving your window open for at least an hour a day. This 60 minute gap allows fresh air to enter your home, getting rid of any moisture filled air that had been steaming up your windows.
If the weather doesn’t permit opening the window, using a fan can also do the trick. The mixture of hot and cold air generally gets rid of any condensation, therefore having a fan placed near to the window opening will help in circulating cooler air around your home.
Keep a Small gap Between Furniture
As strange as it sounds, you should always make sure there is a gap of around 2 inches between your furniture and your walls. Reasoning behind this is that this small gap allows the air to flow around the room. If you do not leave an adequate space, the air could condense into your walls, causing moulding and eventually cracks in the plaster.
Use Extractor Fans or Dehumidifiers When Cooking
As much as a nice hot stew may be on a cold winter’s day, hours of cooking and simmering produces copious amounts of heat and moisture that gets released into your home. This heat travels around your house and if there is nowhere for it to be released, it becomes trapped in walls, windows and wooden fittings.
The vast majority of homes will have an extractor fan just above the cooking area. Making use of this can make your house a lot less humid. If yours happens to be broken, or if you for some reason don’t have an extractor fan, we would recommend investing in a small dehumidifier to place in the kitchen. This can then be used in the main living area for when your lounge windows start steaming up.
Look at Your Laundry Room
Laundry rooms are by far one of the highest producers of moisture in a property’s air circulation. First of all, dryers use hot air to dry clothes and therefore need to dispose of the excess hot air in some way. Dryers usually have vents connected to them that you can point in any direction. Make sure that your vent is pointing to a place that lets the heat escape, for example the back door or a window.
Damp clothes also contribute to the build-up of moisture in the air. If you can, try and dry clothes outside so that the water particles are not filling your home. If this isn’t possible, we recommend placing the damp clothing on a maiden near an open window, or in a well-ventilated room.
Repair any Unnecessary Sources of Moisture
Cracks in walls and floors can increase the humidity of your home. It is important that you scan through your house, looking out for any form of small crack and get them filled in. Not only do cracks cause condensation, they can also alter the structure of your home, for the worse! Cracks let in rain and cold winds, meaning that over time the buildings wall structure may begin to erode, causing the rest of the house to lose part of its support structure.
Along the same lines is the final point, which is to check the outside of your home for problems with guttering. If your gutters or down pipes do not allow the water to escape the house, due to a blockage, then the water will continue to be circulated around your home, causing not only condensation, but also damage to your walls and flooring.
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