How to stop condensation on windows
It’s important to dry up any water that forms as a result of condensation. Using a window cleaning tool such as a squeegee or an old towel, mop up the excess water from the surface. Ensure you pay particular attention to any wooden or fabric surfaces that could be damaged by the water. Once the area is dry, you can start to think about ways to prevent the condensation.
Simple measures like keeping lids on pans and drying your washing outside where possible will help to reduce condensation. Plants can also add to the water vapour in your house so consider if these could be adding to your issue. Improved ventilation, such as opening windows, is by far the best quick fix to reduce condensation.
Making sure your home is well ventilated is crucial when reducing condensation. This can be as quick and simple as leaving windows open when you're at home. When cooking or using the bathroom, try opening the windows until the excess water or steam has gone.
Extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom can be highly effective as these rooms are often responsible for most of the moisture in your home. If you don’t already have them, you may want to consider installing some.
If extractor fans aren’t enough, you might want to consider a dehumidifier to draw out the additional moisture. These can be particularly useful as you can move them around to where they’re most needed, for example, near drying clothes inside the house or in the bedroom at night.
Consider improving the insulation in your home to make sure the temperature in your home is consistently kept above dew point (the temperature at which moisture in the air turns into a liquid). Upgrading to double-glazing or even triple-glazing will also help reduce condensation as the panes stay much warmer than single-glazed windows, and therefore don’t experience as much condensation.
Moderate the heating
Instead of quickly turning up the heating in your home to a high temperature, try putting your boiler on at a lower setting for longer. This can help prevent condensation in your house by reducing large temperature fluctuations. Try keeping doors closed in rooms you are using and attempt to keep the thermostat at the same temperature in every room. Whilst these short-term fixes may alleviate some issues, you may want to consider some of these long-term solutions to prevent further problems.
Long-term solutions to condensation problems
Increased ventilation can drastically improve condensation. Building airbricks into external walls and installing air vents in internal walls will allow airflow through the house. Fitting roof ventilation tiles in and under the roof and guttering will increase ventilation into the loft. Window vents on the tops of window frames should alleviate condensation on windows.
You may want to consider a heat recovery system that keeps your home fully ventilated. Installing a heat recovery system can also reduce condensation due to its de-humidification effects and temperature regulation.
Condensation on windows can cause damage to your home if it’s not addressed. Window frames can become damp and rot, soft furnishings around the window like blinds and curtains may become stained and mould growth can lead to respiratory problems. However, there are steps you can take to alleviate or eradicate the effects of condensation.
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