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Frequently asked questions - Condensation

What is condensation?

Condensation in caused when moisture in the atmosphere comes in to contact with a cold surface. This can cause lots of issues including dampness and damp.

How can I reduce condensation in my home?

Internal Condensation

Bathroom: Obviously the bathroom creates a lot of moisture. Try and keep showers short and turn down the temperature slightly. I you have a window, open it. To get the maximum effect this should be done before during and after (15-20 minutes). If you can dry towels and bathmats outside. Keep the door closed.

Kitchen: This is the second biggest source due to Items that produce steam e.g kettles and saucepans. If you have an extractor, use it all the time you are cooking and if you can open a window. Keep the kitchen door closed if possible.

Laundry: Try and dry washing outside - not always easy without climate. If using radiators and airers this will increase condensation. You might want to invest in a dryer, but this will increase your electric bill.

New windows

New windows may even increase the amount of condensation in your home. Why?

“When condensation occurs on thermally efficient windows, it means they are doing their job!” FENSA

​New windows are designed to minimise heat/air loss - but this also means the moisture doesn't escape.

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