If you’ve regularly got condensation on your windows, it’s not good news. It can be a major health hazard, leading to mould and mildew growth. Water on your windows and walls can also lead to paint and wallpaper damage, and rot.
How condensation on your windows occurs and what to do about it
Condensation on windows occurs when moisture in the air comes into contact with cold glass. It’s important to avoid this, either by reducing moisture or lowering the chances of water settling anywhere.
To help you protect your home, here are 5 ways to avoid condensation on your windows.
1. Keep moisture to a minimum
The first thing you can do to help prevent condensation on your windows is lower the moisture content in the air.
Moisture is released into the air when you do things like boiler water, hang up wet clothes and use some types of tumble dryer.
Try to keep lids on pans when you’re cooking and dry clothes outside whenever you can. You should also make sure your tumble dryer either condenses or vents to the outside. This will all help to avoid moisture collecting in the air in your home in the first place.
2. Install extractor fans and use them
Using extractor fans is a brilliant way to get air-born moisture out of your home. Make sure you have a fully-functioning fan in your bathroom, so you can vent steam from showers and baths outside quickly.
You should also make sure you have one in your kitchen. Put it on whenever you’re cooking to get rid of moisture efficiently and make sure it doesn’t end up as condensation on your windows.
3. Open your windows
Opening your windows can also help to relieve condensation. It won’t completely stop water settling on your windows, but it will help to reduce it.
This might make your home a bit chilly, but if you close doors and only open windows a little bit this should help.
4. Consider a dehumidifier
If you have a real problem with condensation and damp in your home, you could try using a dehumidifier. They’re the quickest way to remove moisture from the air, with some collecting up to 20 pints of water a day.
However, dehumidifiers can be bulky and noisy to run. They’re good as a temporary solution but aren’t great as part of a long-term strategy.
5. Get new windows
A more long-term solution to preventing condensation on your windows is to replace them. If you’ve got single glazing, you’re more likely to get condensation because your windows will be colder. Older double glazing is also prone to collecting moisture, because it doesn’t have sufficient ventilation.
Getting new windows may seem like a big investment, but it can really improve the comfort of your home. As well as reducing the risk of rot and mould that comes with condensation, you’ll also benefit from:
- A cosier home: reduce draughts and keep the heat in
- Reduced noise: shut out traffic and other sound
- Major savings: you could cut your energy bill by up to £120 a year
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