Condensation causes more damage than you’d think.
Mould, peeling wallpaper and moisture damage are all issues caused by condensation, and these problems can affect everything from your home to your health - so let's get a handle on it!
How does Condensation Form?
Condensation occurs when window surface temperatures are low outside and warm and humid inside (which is why you tend to see condensation on windows on cold winter mornings.) Condensation isn’t caused by the window system itself but rather by the humidity caused by the lack of ventilation in the room.
How You Can Combat Condensation
Generally speaking, the best way to keep condensation under control is to keep the relative humidity low - too much condensation means that humidity is too high in your home.
There Are A Few Ways You Can Do This:
- Vent clothes dryers and washing machines to the outdoors where possible.The moisture removed from clothing can flow into the rest of the house.
- Keep windows and doors open during the wash cycle, or dry your clothes outside.
- Use bathroom exhaust fans during and after showers and baths and ensure they are vented externally and not just into your roof cavity. Also, use extractor fans whilst cooking to extract any steam.
- Turn the heating down.
- Open windows for short periods to ventilate any rooms with condensation.
- Air out the kitchen, bathroom and laundry during and after use by opening a window for a few minutes.
- Wipe down wet surfaces and keep windows and walls as dry as possible.
- Make sure your windows are correctly sealed.
For additional prevention, consider the use of high performance and energy-efficient Low-E or Double-Glazed windows to not only reduce the amount that you need to use your heater but also make your home more comfortable.
The Southern Star Group offers a range of high-performance windows with high-quality seals to prevent the formation of condensation in your home this winter.
If you’d like more information on how you can reduce the amount of condensation in your home through the use of energy-efficient window options, please contact our team of experts.
Or browse our range of windows and doors to keep your home warm through the chiller months.