Remove condensation from your damp home with these tips
Any home, new or old, can be subject to condensation. If you wake up in the morning to find your windows covered in condensation, or you notice a damp smell in your home or have started to see patches of mildew cropping up in corners of your room, then you need to address this damp issue now. Unfortunately, condensation in the home can lead to all sorts of problems including poorer air quality, breathing difficulties and having your clothes destroyed by mould. Let’s tackle this issue now, and remove condensation from your damp home with these tips.
Ventilation & Heating
You need to allow your home to breathe, and for that you need to have a good air supply. Making sure you open the windows in the morning to let fresh air circulate around the house will help start to address this condensation issue. You also need to ensure that you are heating your home adequately, so make sure you have your radiators turned on and working in the rooms where you notice the condensation problem is worse. (This might be a good time to order home heating oil!)
Sadly with the typical Irish weather, it means that opportunities to dry clothes outside are limited so most of us are forced to resort to clothes drying indoors. This naturally leads to a build up of moisture in the home, which can worsen condensation problems. As a solution, try drying clothes in the bathroom, which is built to withstand more moisture, or if drying clothes in a spare room, hang them up and then turn on the heating and crack the window open so that you get warm air to dry plus an escape for the moisture.
Having a bath or shower
Hot showers or baths lead to condensation, so to try and minimise the amount of moisture in your home after your morning ritual, make sure to open the window and close the door to contain the excess moisture. You can also speed things up by wiping down the tiles and shower door after you’ve showered with a towel to absorb water.
Your extraction fans in the kitchen and bathroom work to remove excess water in the air in these rooms where you’ll typically see more moisture, but they only work most efficiently if they are regularly cleaned out. Make sure you add this task to your regular chores to help remove condensation from your damp home.
Lids on pots when cooking
When cooking up a storm in the kitchen, make sure you put lids on pots and pans to keep condensation build up to a minimum. This also helps your food cook quicker, so you use less energy – bonus!
A portable electric dehumidifier is a great investment in your home if you struggle with damp and condensation. This can be plugged in wherever you need it and runs in the background to draw excess moisture out of the air, which you can then empty once the container is full. If you dry clothes indoors, it can be left in a room with laundry to dry washing very quickly, without letting too much damp build up inside your home, and with energy efficient models readily available it really doesn’t cost that much to run.