Condensation can cause damage to paintwork, window fittings, curtains and wall coverings. It was never a big problem decades ago, as properties tended not to have carpets covering the floors, the windows and doors were not fitted to today’s standard, and the ceilings of properties were higher than they are today. These all allowed the air to flow through a property, and thus avoided the build up of excess moisture in the air.
Today, properties have door and window excluders, lower ceilings (the space in between the loft joists is now covered with insulating material) and carpets. Although warmer, these factors combine to prevent a proper airflow through a property. The result is condensation. Let’s look at some ways to avoid the build up of condensation in a property.
It is possible to provide a modern property with natural ventilation. This can be done by utilising the top part of a double glazed window —the slit there can be opened to allow air to circulate freely.
Air bricks can also be used; these are bricks with holes manufactured into them to allow air to flow through. A ventilation unit can also be installed. Lastly, the easy way is to simply open the window in a room for a period of time during the day, allowing the air to be completely changed. All these methods will help the air flow through the property, reducing the chance of condensation.
Close Internal Doors in the Kitchen
A kitchen with a kettle and a stove usually produces air moisture that can be carried through the rest of the property, usually by convection currents. To avoid this, make sure that you draught-proof the other internal doors and keep them closed. This will prevent the warm air from building up in the other rooms.
Alter Your Curtains
Glass that is isolated behind heavy curtains can often have a temperature that is cooler than the air in the room. When the air hits the glass, condensation appears. Make sure that if you do have thick curtains, you allow the air to circulate around the curtains, so that the glass does not cool too much. Hang the curtains so that they are around twenty centimeters away from the glass. If you have a box pelmet, drill some holes along the top, to allow the air to circulate.
In cold weather, it is a good idea to keep some kind of heating on all the time, and radiators (if practical) can be fitted under double glazed windows to maintain a steady glass temperature.
Learn more about these or other options by consulting resources like Enviro Vision UPVC.