There are many simple ways that you can help reduce condensation in your home:
- Aim to produce less moisture in your home.
- Cover pots and pans whilst cooking.
- Ensure there is adequate ventilation when cooking – either by opening windows or using an extractor fan.
- Keep the kitchen door closed whilst cooking.
- Don’t leave kettles boiling.
- Do not dry wet clothes on radiators.
- If drying wet washing indoors, then put it in your bathroom with the door closed and leave the windows open.
- If using a tumble dryer, ensure it is vented to outside air.
- DO NOT use bottle gas in your home.
- Ensure ALL trickle vents in windows are left OPEN.
- Ventilate kitchen & bathrooms when in use by opening a window.
- Ensure bathroom door is closed when in use, this helps prevent moisture reaching other rooms especially bedrooms which are often colder and are more likely to be prone to condensation.
- Avoid filling cupboards and wardrobes to full, as this stops air circulating.
- DO NOT block or cover any air vents in any rooms.
- Ventilate bedrooms every morning by opening windows, this will allow any excessive moisture created by persons sleeping (approx 2 litres of water vapour per adult) to be removed from the room.
- Wipe any excess condensation off windows and surfaces with a towel every morning.
- The air in your home holds water and given the chance this water will find the coldest point in any room on which to condense (usually an outside wall). The secret to condensation and mould management is to be aware of where cold points are and keep them clean and wiped down regularly.
Please remember the best solution against condensation is a combination of background heat and good ventilation.
Following the above guidelines will help to protect your home from black mould growth and its effects.