Solutions and tips to prevent mould and condensation in your home
Condensation is the most common form of damp in your home. Left untreated it can lead to mould growth which can be harmful and lead to serious health issues and breathing difficulties. It is important to reduce the humidity levels in your home and workplace.
The reason condensation happens is down to a lack of good ventilation which causes humidity levels to rise. As we spend more time indoors the build-up of moisture and humidity level increases.
If you are looking for a short-term fix then here are our suggestions to reduce the condensation levels in your property:
Solution 1: Regularly open your windows
Breathing is a major cause of condensation. If you use a room on a regular basis and the weather outside isn't too chilly, open a window to improve the ventilation in the room.
Solution 2: Laundry
If you have a washing machine or tumble dryer, make sure it is ventilated correctly when in use. Try to hang wet washing outside or open the windows when drying inside. Alternatively hang washing up in the bathroom.
Solution 3: Full cupboards
Do not overfill cupboards. A lack of ventilation and air moisture trapped in busy cupboards can become a breeding ground for mould. You might notice a musty smell which is a strong sign that the cupboard is too full.
Solution 4: Cooker extractor
Don’t turn off your extractor fan immediately after cooking as the moisture can still be in the air even when you have finished. Instead leave it on afterwards for 10-15 minutes to help to clear the humid air.
Solution 5: Pets and plants
House pets and plants produce a lot of moisture. Make sure you cover up your fish tanks to prevent excess moisture. If you start to notice more condensation on your windows and walls near to your house plants then look to move them outdoors.
Solution 6: Watch out for the steam you create
When cooking, boiling the kettle or taking a shower, make sure the door is kept closed to prevent the moisture in the air from going into colder rooms which will cause condensation to form.
Solution 7: Wipe down surfaces
Wipe down any cold surfaces when you have been cooking or taking a shower to remove any moisture that may have settled. This excess moisture sits on the surface and will quickly turn to mould if left untreated.
Solution 8: Think about furniture placement
Place your wardrobes against internal walls in your house as this will be less cold than external walls and less likely to cause damp and mould problems.
Solution 9: Heat recovery systems
If you constantly have to wipe condensation off your windows then you may want to think about whole house ventilation as a permanent solution to condensation. Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems (providers such as Vent-Axia, Nuaire and Titon) offer a perfect solution and can significantly improve the air in your home.
These energy-efficient units can improve the humidity levels and prevent condensation. If you already have a MVHR system installed in your home but still struggle with condensation then you should think about replacing the filters in your unit. Replacing the filters is a simple way of improving the efficiency of your unit and will significantly improve the air quality in your home.