Last week we introduced the bane of many people’s life: condensation and its nasty friend, mould. Condensation is a normal part of living in the Great British climate which sees plenty of cold, damp days and limited chance for sunshine to warm and dry things out. However, there are some really simple things that you can do to prevent, or reduce condensation. Last week we looked at 1-5, here are top tips 6-10.
Use, or install, an extractor fan
When you are cooking or showering, make sure that the extractor fan is switched on to help get rid of some of the steam. Once you have finished cooking or showering, don’t turn the extractor off immediately. Keep it running for another ten minutes or so to get rid of the last of the steam. If you don’t have an extractor fan, it is worth investing in one; the initial cost will be worth it if it means that you are not stressing and repainting all winter.
Vent, vent, vent!
Condensation is caused by a lack of ventilation and there is no better way to prevent or reduce it than by helping your house to breathe. This can mean opening windows when you can, but by installing vents you can dramatically decrease condensation build up. Speak to your local handyman, damp specialist or builder for a quote on installation.
Don’t overstuff cupboards
It’s not only rooms that need ventilation. Overfull cupboards and wardrobe will see warm air trapped inside; inevitably, mould and damp will arise inside. If you notice that your clothes smell a bit musty, your wardrobe is definitely overfilled – time for a clear out!
The most efficient way to heat your home, both from a financial and condensation perspective, is to keep it low and steady. Don’t turn your heating off, whack it up to high when you are cold, then turn it off when you are hot; keep it at a slow and steady temperature which will keep your home just right and prevent condensation build ups that arise from extreme fluctuations.
Insulation helps to prevent your exterior walls from getting too cold. This will automatically lead to reduced condensation, as well as reduced heat loss; just by insulating you will reduce your heating bills, reduce your carbon footprint AND reduce condensation: win, win, win! If you receive some benefits (including child benefit) you could be entitled to a free insulation upgrade under the Government’s ECO3 scheme. Speak to your local insulation specialist to find out more.
Hopefully these tips will help you to reduce condensation – and stress! Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more tips and advice, or check out our directory to find a trusted local trader near you.