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Home care guide: Condensation

Albert's Estate cares about the property and it's condition and quality of life rating it needs to have but what we care about most is your safety within the walls of your home from threats such as burglars or something minor and preventable like condensation.

Despite what some may think, condensation is something easily preventable like early mentioned. It's often shrugged off but if constant condensation is present in a room it can always lead to further issues in the future.

What IS condensation?

Condensation is the appearance of water on a cold surface. It occurs when warm air collides with cold surfaces, or when there's too much humidity in your home. When this moisture-packed warm air comes into contact with a chilly surface, it cools down quickly and releases the water, which turns into liquid droplets on the cold surface. It's mostly noticeable on non-absorbent surfaces (e.g. windows or tiles) but it can form on any surface, and it may not be noticeable until mould grows on the said surface or rotting of material occurs.

Why is said mould dangerous? Not only mould can damage the property you live in and cause unneeded costs, moulds produce allergens (substances that can cause a n allergic reaction), irritants and, sometimes, toxic substances.

How can condensation be reduced from forming?

To minimise the amount of moisture in the air (which leads to said moisture to form), the following steps can be followed:

  • Cover the pans when cooking and don't leave kettles boiling longer than necessary

  • Avoid using paraffin and portable gas heaters

  • Dry your washing outdoors. If it's raining, use a clothes airer in the bathroom with the doors closed and the windows or fan open

  • Do not dry washing directly on room radiators as this produces more water vapours and cools down the room at the same time

  • When filling a bath, in order to prevent steam production, run the cold water first before warm

Ventilate to remove moisture to the outside?

Your home can be ventilated without creating draughts by:

• Keeping a small window open a little, or opening a window ventilator when the room is in use.

• Opening the kitchen or bathroom windows to let steam and moisture out.

• Use an extractor fan, they only use 1/5th the power of a 100watt bulb.

• Ventilate your bedroom by leaving a window slightly open at night.

• Closing the kitchen and bathroom doors when the rooms are in use to stop the warm moist air producing condensation in other cooler rooms.

• Don’t clutter wardrobes and cupboards; it could stop the air circulating.

• Don’t block ventilators, air bricks and chimneys.

• Dry your windows & windowsills every morning.

• Don’t push beds and sofas against outside walls which are always colder and attract condensation. Make sure there is a 9-inch (22,86 cm) gap. Bedding can get damp if air cannot circulate around it.

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