One of the areas that we’re constantly being asked about this time year which is causing homeowners a lot of worry is the increase of condensation forming in their windows and doors. To many it can seem like an issue with the glazing, but generally the cause of this is down to the atmosphere in your house and how it effects the glazing.
Condensation is caused by airborne moisture, millions of minute particles of water suspended in the air. When it comes into contact with a colder surface like glass, a cold ceiling or wall, it reaches dew point and turns back into water droplets. When it meets the cold glass of your windows or doors, the air becomes unable to hold so much moisture, which condenses.
At other times of the year when the air is drier, there is not enough moisture in the air to create condensation, so it won’t form. In addition to this, the weather outside is not cold enough to reduce the temperature of your windows and doors and so it can’t get cold enough to reach dew point.
Even customers who have had brand new windows and doors fitted can experience condensation formations at this time of year, but with a few tricks and changes around your home, you will make sure that your home is condensation free all year round.
- Ensure Washing Machine Is Correctly Vented
If you have a washing machine or tumble dryer inside, make sure that it is correctly vented so that the condenser pipe goes outside.
- Dry Clothes Outdoors
Whilst it’s difficult to dry clothes outside this time of the year unless it’s a nice sunny day, where possible, try to dry your clothes outdoors. If you are unable to dry your clothes outside, keep your clothes airer in your bathroom with the door closed and windows open.
- Close Kitchen & Bathroom Doors
Bathrooms and kitchens are the worst culprits for condensation. When cooking food, boiling the kettle or taking a shower, ensure that your kitchen or bathroom doors are kept closed to prevent the moisture in the air from going into colder rooms. This will cause condensation to form as it touches the cold surface.
- Ensure there is good ventilation throughout the house
Ventilating your house throughout the year will help to keep the air flow moving through your home and prevent moisture particles from forming on cold surfaces. This can be achieved through selected ventilation bricks or from the drilling of precise holes in the exterior of your property.
- Turn your Extractor Fan on when taking a shower
Similar to when cooking in the kitchen, when you are taking a shower or having a bath ensure that you turn on your extractor fan to remove the steam and moisture that is created when running warm water in a cold environment. This will help reduce the amount of condensation that appears on your bathroom windows and walls.
- Stop using Portable Gas Heaters
Portable gas heaters produce a lot of moisture, along with a lot of toxic fumes. Try to avoid using them where possible and use conventional heating where you can.
- Ensure your Property has adequate Heating
Heating your property efficiently will prevent the air within your home from becoming damp and will ensure that your glazing is kept warm from the inside. This will prevent moisture particles from forming on cold surfaces like windows and doors.
- Open Windows when the Weather Outside is Warmer
Whilst it may be difficult to keep your windows open when the weather outside is cold, even if you leave smaller windows ajar, it will help to circulate air around your home. Also breathing is a major cause of condensation so this will help to improve the ventilation in your property.
- Monitor the moisture
Condensation is the result of excess moisture and is something that can sneak up on us, by investing in a moisture meter you can keep track of these levels before it’s too late.
- Check the exterior for any damage
Have a good inspection of the exterior of your property, look for cracks and any damage that could be letting water in. Over time parts of your property deteriorate so make sure that this is kept under control.
We hope that this helps to give you some ideas into how you can prevent condensation within your home, but should you still have concerns about how your old windows and doors may be adding to the issue then please contact a member of the Martindale team on 01604 845 264.