Our homes are meant to be a haven of security and comfort. Houses keep us warm during cold winter months and protected from the blazing hot sun of the summer seasons. Despite this huge responsibility, our home is still susceptible to factors that could affect its integrity and one of these is condensation.
The presence of condensation in our homes is inevitable. This is especially true in rooms that acquire or produce more moisture than others such as the kitchen, laundry room, and the bathroom. Condensation is difficult to remove all together however it can be controlled to reduce its effects and become less damaging.
As you all know, common signs of condensation include windows developing water droplets on its glass pane, paint peeling off the walls, and the growth of moulds on wooden structures. Prevent this from happening by following some of these tips.
Ensure proper air circulation and ventilation
In order to prevent condensation from happening, you have to make sure you have proper ventilation. Letting air circulate from inside your house going out will prevent water vapour from seeping into your walls, windows, wooden furniture and structures.
Things you can do to have good ventilation include opening windows whenever you are inside these rooms to let water vapour escape, have exhaust fans installed at strategic places, and repair broken windows that let moisture in.
Install a dehumidifier
Buying or hiring a humidifier for your home can be considered as an extreme effort to stop condensation. What it does is that it extracts moisture from the air. With this, you can also wipe down surfaces affected by condensation to help stop the growth of moulds.
Applying these affected surfaces with a disinfectant or fungicidal wash can remove mould from affected surfaces. If your paint has already been damaged by condensation and moulds, make sure you hire a professional to repaint it with mould-inhibiting paints or sprays.
Improve home’s overall Insulation
Moisture is the number one cause of condensation. If we remove moisture in our homes, then heat is a necessary tool to keeping homes condensation-free. Reduce the amount of heat lost in your home by improving insulation through loft or cavity wall insulation, draught proofing and double glazing.
If you have broken single glazed windows that need more glazing, having replacement double glazing windows installed as soon as possible. Make sure double glazing regulations are in check.
Insulating your home will keep the internal temperature of rooms high enough to keep condensation and moisture from settling. This will also keep fuel bills down as you no longer need to turn up the temperature of your heater higher because your home is able to maintain the heat your heater is producing.
Understanding what condensation is and its root cause can make prevention a lot easier. Use this tips as a guide to permanently ridding your home of condensation, moulds, and all the other problems it causes.