What is condensation?
Condensation occurs when moist air reaches a cold surface. This moisture is usually caused by steam from cooking, washing, bathing, drying clothes etc.
Why is condensation a problem?
If unchecked, condensation can damage your clothes, bedding and decoration by causing mould growth or dampness.
How can I reduce condensation?
1. Ensure that all trickle vents (often in window frames) and wall vents remain open to provide adequate ventilation and reduce the risk of condensation.
2. Ensure kitchens and bathrooms are properly ventilated after cooking, washing, bathing etc. by opening a window or using an extractor fan. If your bathroom extract fan does not continue running after the light is switched off, please leave it on for approximately 15 minutes after you have finished bathing / showering. Please leave your kitchen extract fan / cooker hood on for approximately 15 minutes after you have finished cooking.
3. Close kitchen and bathroom doors to prevent steam spreading through your home.
4. Dry clothes outside if possible (except on balconies). If a tumble drier is present please use it to dry clothes, if you cannot dry clothes outside.
5. Use the central heating system in your home to maintain a constant temperature. This will reduce cold areas where steam can accumulate to cause condensation.
6. Do not use paraffin or bottled gas heaters as these contribute to the problems of condensation.
7. Regularly open your windows, even slightly when you are home. For example a lot of moisture can be generated by the human body overnight, resulting in condensation on cold surfaces (e.g. windows) in bedrooms in the morning. Therefore consider opening windows when they get out of bed until the time they leave the dwelling. However please ensure window restrictors are operating, especially if children are present in the dwelling.
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