Condensation happens when warm air in your home comes into contact with cold surfaces such as windows and cold walls.
There will be some condensation in every home, only when it is excessive does it become a problem.
Signs of excessive condensation:
- Damp patches with mould growth on walls or around the windows
- Mould appears on clothes and furniture and there may be a musty smell
These signs are often worse in cold weather.
If you keep your home warm and well ventilated you are unlikely to experience problems with condensation. Some additional tips to prevent excessive condensation are:
- Never cover up wall vents
- If your windows have trickle vents, keep them open
- Do not let kettles or pots boil longer than necessary
- Avoid drying washing over radiators or other appliances
- If you have a vented tumble dryer make sure that it vents to the outside of your home
- Keep doors to kitchens and bathroom shut when the rooms are in use to prevent moist air spreading through the house
- Never turn off your extractor fans
- Do not overfill cupboards and wardrobes so that air can circulate