Cheap Ways To Reduce Condensation In Your Home
30 June 2022
Right now everyone living in Britain is deep within a cost of living crisis, only set to get worse as time goes on. It spells out hard times for a lot of people, and sadly the measures many will take to keep themselves and their families warm as the weather gets cooler could lead to condensation, amongst other property care issues.
So, the question is how can you reduce condensation in your home for a low cost, whilst retaining the maximum amount of heat in your property?
Why is Condensation More likely In the Winter?
The winter is, without question, colder than the rest of the year. This factors very heavily on the appearance of condensation within any property, as the process of condensation is reliant on two things: the presence of warm, moisture laden within your property, and a cold surface on which it comes into contact with.
So, lets say that on a cold day you have your radiators on. The cold outside will have an effect on your property’s walls and windows, cooling them down in turn.
So, when the warm, moisture laden air created by your radiators comes into contact with the cooler walls and windows, that warm air is going to cool rapidly, and the moisture will transform from its gaseous state into a liquid one, appearing as dew on the surface its come into contact with. That’s condensation.
You can see why condensation is much more common in the winter then. Summer usually sees a lot of warm air both within and outside a property, which means that the moist warm air isn’t going to come into contact with many surfaces holding a lower temperature. In winter though, that’s an entirely different story – cooler temperatures mean that the warm air you generate inside is going to drop rapidly in temperature once they come up against a cold wall or window.
The Best Cheap Ways of Reducing Condensation
Condensation is a problem created when hot, dense air comes into contact with cold air, which reverts the moisture in the hot air from its gaseous state back into a liquid, which then condenses on the nearest surface.
There a lot of different ways to reduce condensation in a home. In many articles, its recommended to keep your property at a steady temperature so warm air circulates through your property consistently, reducing the chance it comes into contact with cold air within your home.
However, this year its going to be less likely that people are willing to heat their home as much, as often, or even as warm as they have in the past.
With that being the case, how might condensation be reduced in cooler homes?
Ventilation is a crucial step in making sure that condensation doesn’t build up within your home, and luckily its also incredibly cheap to implement.
For example, every property should have its windows open for around twenty minutes every day just to replace the dense warm air with fresh air, and to ensure that the moisture in the warm air doesn’t condense on your walls.
This is easily done in the summer, but in the winter it might be a bit more difficult. Our advice would be to ventilate each room at different times, when you aren’t using the room in question. Open your bedroom windows once its empty in the morning, or your living room windows before bed when no one is using the room. The trick is to schedule your ventilation so it doesn’t interfere with your comfort, or cause your room to lose heat.
Ventilation doesn’t just extend to open windows either.
The actual layout of the interior of your property can alter the rate at which condensation builds up too. If your homes rooms are too cluttered for example there is going to be less airflow. Less airflow means reduced ventilation, and all of the additional surfaces from the clutter are just extra space on which the condensation can form.
Simply keep clutter out of your home, and try to keep your furniture a little distance from your walls so that there is room for the air to move and flow around your features.
Try to keep your cupboards and wardrobes reasonably airy and spaced out as well, because if the warm air you generate manages to get into that same cupboard and cannot flow back out, its just going to condense on your clothes or whatever is kept inside.
Rearranging your home and allowing for better airflow is just one cheap method of reducing condensation. If you are open to spending a little money, you can look into different methods of ensured ventilation and condensation control.
Examine Your Bathroom Habits
The bathroom is one of the most common rooms to develop condensation led damp and mould problems – especially during the winter. That’s because it’s the room most likely to generate a lot of steam during its use.
Reducing the amount of condensation in your bathroom for cheap is actually pretty straightforward. Start by thinking about the ventilation of the room. If you don’t have the likes of an extractor fan you can run in the bathroom whilst you shower or have a bath, you should consider opening a bathroom window for around twenty minutes after your finished and can leave the room.
This will allow all of the steam you generated to leave the room safely, but don’t be afraid to take extra steps. You can always use a spare towel to wipe down and dry any affected surfaces directly – just make sure that when you dry those towels they are in a well ventilated room.
Also think about your bathroom doors. If they are left open during your use, or just after, its highly likely that condensation can leave the room and effect the area just outside. Obviously, nobody wants that, so the cheap and easy way to stop bathroom condensation from affecting the rest of your property is just by closing your bathroom door.
Also think about your behaviour in the bathroom. Obviously you will want to keep the cost of your heating down through winter, so consider filling a bath partway with cold water first, or running the cold and hot taps at the same time so that the bath is a lower temperature and doesn’t emit as much steam.
Reduced lengths and temperature of showers can also help, as can drying towels with the window open to help reduce the amount of condensation being generated even when you aren’t in the room.
General mindfulness will go a long way in helping to lower the amount of condensation being generated in your bathroom.
Rethink Your Kitchen Habits
The kitchen is just as bad a culprit for condensation as your bathroom. Again though there are some very handy and cheap ways to reduce condensation in the kitchen that can drastically help your property.
First off is, again, ventilation. Think about having your ovens extractor fan turned on, or having your windows open whilst cooking so that any steam you generate can escape the property safely.
Also think about any of the appliances you have running in the kitchen. Its often the case that you have a washing machine, a dryer, or dishwasher running in the kitchen, possibly alongside a radiator to dry clothes as well.
If any of these are true for you, make sure that any potential hot air generated by the machines is being ventilated safely – that your dryer is venting outside properly if it isn’t a condenser for example. All of these different actions add up, and if your not paying attention your kitchen could easily develop damp.
Removing Condensation Based Damp
If all of these suggestions aren’t enough, you may need to invest some money into a more permanent condensation control solution – you can read more about different methods of controlling condensation here.
If you have noticed that your property has developed damp as a result of condensation even though you have taken measures to reduce it, then maybe you need some help from the professionals.
Our team have a wealth of experience in diagnosing the cause of condensation, as well as helping reduce the level of condensation in your property. Our quotes are always tailored to the problem at hand, and we will always provide clear, accurate breakdowns of any work we recommend. get in touch by calling 0800 288 8660 or by filling in our contact form here.