Condensation

As the weather turns towards autumn and winter, many of us are putting our heating back on.
And with regular bouts of heavy rain, this means it can be difficult to hang your washing out – so many of us resort to drying clothes indoors.

All of this can lead to condensation and, if left untreated, could lead to dampness. 

Condensation usually occurs in winter, because the building structure is cold and because windows are opened less and moist air cannot escape.

The following guidance and advice can help to prevent serious condensation in the home:

Produce less moisture:
• Cover pans
• Dry clothes outdoors when possible
• Vent your tumble dryer to the outside
• Avoid using paraffin or flueless bottled gas heaters

Ventilate to remove moisture:
• Ventilate all the time, especially when someone is in
• Increase external ventilation of the kitchen and bathroom when in use and shut the door after use. Consider installing mechanical ventilation if possible.
• If mechanical ventilation is already in place, have it serviced.
• Ventilate cupboards, wardrobes and blocked chimneys

Insulate and draughtproof:
• insulate the loft
• draught proof windows and external doors
• consider cavity insulation
• consider secondary glazing
• find out if you are eligible for a grant or other help. (Offer information for example the Scottish Executive)

Heat your home a little more
• if possible, keep low background heat on all day, with background ventilation
• find out about benefits, rebates and help with fuel bills

If you want more information about condensation and how to deal with it, you can download our useful leaflet here

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