How to reduce condensation

There are some simple steps to help reduce the amount of condensation in your home.

Reduce the amount of moisture in the air by:

  • Putting lids on saucepans
  • Drying clothes outside, or in a tumble dryer. If you must dry clothes inside make sure it’s in a heated & ventilated room, and keep a window open to allow moisture to escape
  • Make sure your tumble dryer is vented outside
  • Don’t dry washing on radiators
  • Adding cold water to the bath first, to create less steam
  • Don’t use bottled gas or paraffin heaters as they produce large amounts of water vapour
  • Mop up condensation every day

Stop water vapour spreading:

  • Shut kitchen and bathroom doors when cooking or bathing
  • Keep a small window ajar or trickle vents if you have them open at all times
  • Use cooker hoods and extractor fans if you have them (the typical running costs are just £2-£5 per year), or open a window when cooking or bathing
  • Don’t block air vents
  • Move furniture away from walls to allow air to circulate (you may need to move large items of furniture such as wardrobes and bed away from outside walls)
  • Don’t overfill cupboards or wardrobe

Heat your home:

  • Maintain a constant heat throughout your house, even in rooms that aren’t used
  • Low heating on during the day rather than quick blasts of high heat should also reduce your heating bills. If you heat one room to a high temperature but leave others cold condensation will be worse in the untreated rooms
  • Use thermostats to control your heating
  • It may take some time, and trial and error before you can effectively manage the condensation levels in your home. It is essential that you wipe wet surfaces where condensation settles every day

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