With the damp chilly days continuing as we move further into February, a common problem that many homeowners face is the constant build up on condensation on their windows. This not only means that you can’t see out of your windows, but can also mean that you find yourself faced with having to mop all of the water up before it drips down onto your windowsill, as well onto the surrounding walls. What a nightmare! Well don’t fret for too long. We’ve come up with some tips to try and sort the problem out.
Although only heating some of the rooms in your home can mean that you save money on your energy bill, it can hinder the issue of condensation. This is due to the fact that the warmth from the rooms that are heated can spread into the cold of the rest of the house. It’s the perfect recipe for condensation when a warm and cold front meet! It’s more advisable to try and heat all of the house at a more constant temperature. However, if you’re determined to try and save money, you might find that simply closing the doors of the heated rooms could make a difference, if you don’t do so already.
Furthermore, although double glazed windows are great for a multitude of reasons, they can contribute toward condensation due to the fact that they’re airtight. This means that any moisture can become trapped. By installing trickle vents around the frame of your windows, you can combat this problem. Trickle vents are brilliant as they give the room better ventilation but don’t take away as much heat from the room as actually opening the window would.
Another tip is to avoid drying your clothes inside. We know it can be more difficult to dry them outside with our unpredictable British weather, but trust us, drying clothes inside can majorly produce excess moisture.
After taking a bath or shower, make sure to open the windows. This again stops the warm moisture from meeting the cooler air of the rest of your house and gives it somewhere to go. Make sure to wipe down the bath/shower as a further precaution. Using an extractor fan and having vents in there will help too.
Similarly to in the bathroom, having an extractor fan and vents can stop condensation building up in the kitchen. You might also find it useful to close the door when cooking.
Did you know that having plants on your windowsills can contribute to condensation? This is because they produce moisture. Test out this theory by moving your plants outside and seeing if it makes a difference.
Condensation can be a nasty business, but with a few tips and tricks, you’ll be sorted in no time. Feel free to share any further tips you might have with us!