Condensation is a common problem for householders. If left untreated, it not only looks unsightly, it can lead to mould, damp patches, peeling décor, and ultimately to health issues like breathing difficulties.
Condensation is created by day to day activities like drying clothes indoors, boiling the kettle and even breathing, and it’s made worse by poor ventilation – http://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/5%20hia%20infosheet%20condensation.pdf. Fortunately, there are some straightforward steps you can take to reduce and eliminate the problem.
1 Washing machines
Washing machines and tumble dryers are a major source of moisture. Tumble dryers in particular need to be properly vented to the outside to ensure they get rid of moisture effectively.
2 Indoor drying
Drying clothes indoors can quickly lead to high levels of condensation. Dry outdoors where possible, if you have to dry indoors put clothes in the bathroom with the door shut and the window open to cut the amount of moisture that stays in the property.
3 Kitchens and bathrooms
If you’re cooking, boiling a kettle or taking a shower, keep the door closed to prevent moisture spreading to the rest of the house. The latest windows and doors in Dublin from suppliers such as www.keanewindows.ie/ usually have trickle vents and so use these to keep rooms ventilated without needing to open a window.
4 Put a lid on it
When cooking make sure you have a lid on the pan to prevent too much moisture escaping into the room. If you have an extractor fan or cooker hood use it, and leave it on for a few minutes after you finish cooking to clear the air.
5 Bathroom fans
If you have an extractor fan in the bathroom always use it when taking a bath or shower. This will cut the amount of moisture that condenses on windows and tiles.
6 Fishy problems
If you have an aquarium or fish tank make sure it has a cover to prevent too much moisture from escaping into the atmosphere. Houseplants can be a problem too and if condensation starts to appear on windows and walls close to plants move them to a better ventilated location or outside.
7 Portable heaters
If possible avoid using portable Calor gas or paraffin heaters. These produce lots of moisture and can add to condensation problems. They also present a risk from toxic fumes.