Although condensation tends to be seasonal, the high humidity has meant that some of us have found evidence of condensation during the summer months this year. As the temperatures start to drop this autumn, the likelihood is that more of us will experience signs of condensation within our homes so here are some tips to prevent problems occurring.
In the Kitchen
As the temperature drops you may cook more hot meals so:
- Try to leave lids on pans to prevent moisture from the steam being released into the air.
- If you have one, turn your extractor fan on in the kitchen and if you don’t have one yet then open a window to allow excess moisture to escape.
- Close your kitchen door whilst you cook, so that steam doesn’t escape into other rooms.
In Living Areas
You may find that you spend more time indoors as the temperatures drop, and you may be tempted to dry washing on your radiators rather than on the washing line.
- If possible use a condensing drier rather than drying washing on radiators. The drier will prevent the moisture release into the air.
- Try airing the room by having windows slightly open.
- Wipe up any moisture that does occur on window cills etc to prevent mould growth.
In the Bathroom
Although you may be tempted to enjoy a long hot bath or shower on a cold day the steam can exacerbate condensation issues so:
- Turn on the extractor fan in your bathroom whilst you bathe. If you don’t have an extractor fan then leave a window open to allow moisture to escape.
- As with the kitchen, keep the bathroom door closed to stop steam escaping.
If you are experiencing issues with condensation in your property we would be happy to arrange for one of our qualified and experienced Surveyors to visit your property and give you advice on PIV (Positive Input Ventilation) and Extract Units which may be required.