Condensation and the mould it creates are a winter bugbear for most of us - no matter how old our house.
What is condensation anyway?
Condensation is caused when warm, moist air hits a cold surface, such as a window, and condenses, running down the cold surface as water droplets. if left this can turn into black mould, which looks and smells unpleasant.
Cooking, drying clothes indoors, bathing and even breathing adds to the moisture in the air.
So how can you avoid it?
This is the million dollar question every winter for our repairs and maintenance team
Stop it in its tracks
- Wipe down surfaces where moisture settles, for example on windows and sills
- Cover boiling pans when cooking
- Dry clothes outside if possible
If you have to dry clothes inside try to:
- Use a small room with the doors closed and windows open
- Time your laundry so you can hang things to dry during the day to make the most of the sun's warmth
- Make the most of your clothes horse by hanging nice shirts and blouses on coat hangers off the rack. That way they'll dry with fewer creases, you'll get more items on the drier and you'll be able to pop them straight in the wardrobe.
- Consider investing in a heated airer or dehumidifier. Heater airers are much cheaper than a tumble drier, gentler on your clothes and cost pennies an hour to run. Dehumidifiers not only tackle condensations but also speed up drying times for your washing.
Let your home breathe
- Nobody likes draughts but some ventilation is vital. Open windows for a while each day or use the trickle/night vents
- Use the extractor fans in your kitchen and bathroom
- Don't block permanent ventilators or chimney openings.
Stop steam travel
When cooking, bathing or washing, close the kitchen and bathroom doors to prevent steam going into colder rooms.