Watch out for condensation
With the cold winter weather with us, you may have noticed more condensation in your home.
We've put together some basic tips to deal with condensation before it becomes a problem.
- Wipe down window frames if they become wet with condensation.
- Do not place cupboards or beds against outside walls.
- Don’t overfill wardrobes or cupboards as this will stop the air circulating.
Ventilation and reducing steam
- Open windows, use trickle vents, extractor fans or air vents, these will help moisture to escape outside and stop the air becoming stale, which is not good for your health.
- When cooking on a gas hob, cover pans and keep the kitchen door closed to stop moisture from circulating around the house. Ensure the extractor fan is on and a window is open if possible.
- If you use a tumble dryer make sure it is vented so that the air escapes outside.
- When drying clothes indoors close the door and open a window.
- After showering close the door and open the window until the moisture has gone.
Heating your home
Regular heating of all your home at a lower temperature is more effective than one or two rooms at a higher temperature.
- If you have central heating, use the thermostat and set the temperature to a comfortable level around 18-21 degrees. Remember by turning the thermostat down even by 1 or 2 degrees can save you money.
- Do not use paraffin or bottled-gas heaters as these produce a lot of moisture.
- Do not place furniture in front of radiators as this will stop them from heating the room.
Theres more about dealing with condensation here
You can download our full condensation leaflet here.