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How to stop condensation on windows

How to stop condensation on windows

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Date: 25/09/2015

We’ve all seen condensation appear on windows, and the relaxed attitude we have towards it is a little alarming. The vast majority of people view it as “something that just happens” and the thought of taking steps to preventing it rarely even enters many people’s minds.

In reality, though, condensation happens for a reason and it can become a major problem if the issue isn’t dealt with.

So how do you stop such a commonplace problem happening within your home?

Here are our top 10 tips for preventing such troubles:

1. Ventilate

One of the most common problems of condensation is that air is simply not circulating properly. Try to open all of your windows daily, even for 10-minutes. Newer windows come with multi-locking ventilation systems so you can fix your window in a position that allows air circulate without becoming a security risk.

2. Be resourceful when cooking

If you're using pots, pans and ovens, turn on extractor fans and opens doors so that the excess heat is able to filter through the home and not remain trapped in the kitchen. If you are able to open the window, even a little bit, then it will all help prevent the build up of excess moisture until the room returns to its normal temperature.

3. Keep a lid on it

Pots and pans have lids for a reason, and by making sure you keep the lids on, you can prevent excess amounts of steam from infiltrating your home and stop one of the main causes of condensation. By the way, you don’t have to actually see steam for the moisture to work its way into the atmosphere. If the water’s boiling, the lid should be on.

4. Timing is everything

When running hot water in the bathroom, and when cooking in the kitchen, it's important to leave your extractor fans on for longer than you think you need to as moisture can linger in the air after the heat has been generated.

5. Better out than in

Ideally, clothes can be dried outside so it doesn’t cause an issue on the inside of your home. As British residents though, let’s face it, indoor drying is often a must, so make sure you open a window to an enclosed room and ensure that any pipes to tumble dryers lead all the way outside.

6. Mind the gap

Pushing items of furniture right against walls can trap air around skirting boards, which is likely to create black mould. To stop this from happening, leave a little gap so the air can escape.

7. Clear blocked airways

Blocked chimneys and vents can trap airflow and cause great problems in the long run. Remember, ventilation is the most important thing when it comes to stopping air “condensing” on your windows and walls.

8. Be consistent

As we all know, it’s not only cold in the winter and a good, consistent level of temperature should be maintained throughout the entire house all year round. Failing to do this will lead to cold sinks, and as cold air causes warm air to release moisture, heating certain rooms and attempting to lock others off doesn’t necessarily work.

9. Put a cork in it

Heat rises, but water drips, and so you should regularly check your roof to make sure it's free from damage. Loose tiles can allow rain water inside and if water starts seeping from the roof down, it is something that's far cheaper and easier to deal with when detected early.

10. External vigilance

The purpose of drain pipes and gutters is to carry water away from your house. Broken materials will leak and blockages can lead to your external wall getting soaked. This can cause a whole manner of issues if the problem isn’t dealt with, so make sure you keep an eye on the home’s surroundings.

For more detailed information on windows, check our Windows Buying Guide.

*Article image courtesy of Rory MacLeod via the following license on Flickr.