How To Deal With Condensation During the Winter Months

Condensation in the home can become a huge problem very fast. It can cause mold, mildew, rotting window frames, respiratory issues, and many other unwanted problems. The winter season is the prime time for condensation. When the air gets too cold, some of the moisture is released as small drops of water. There are a few places condensation usually shows up: close to windows, cold tile, cold walls, mirrors after a bath or a shower, in corners, and in or behind closets and cabinets. In this article, we will tell you how to minimize the condensation in your home, therefore lessening your mold and mildew risk.

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There are four major causes of condensation: excessive moisture, lack of ventilation, cold surfaces, and temperature.

Excessive Moisture

Excessive moisture in the home can be caused by many things. For example, a bath or a shower adds two pints of moisture to your home, and drying your clothes indoors adds nine pints of moisture. Here are a few things you can do to counteract the moisture added to your home by daily activities.

  1. Dry your windows, windowsills, kitchen surfaces, and bathroom surfaces every morning.
  2. If you can, dry your clothes outdoors or in the bathroom with the door closed and a window marginally open. If you don’t have a window in your bathroom, an extractor fan will also do the trick. If you use a tumble dryer, make sure the vent leads to the outside, or you can purchase a condensing dryer.
  3. Cook with the lids on, and if you’re boiling water, cut the heat down as soon as the water starts boiling. Also, use a small amount of water for cooking vegetables.
  4. A gas stove creates moisture when it burns gas, so try not to use it to heat your kitchen.
  5. For baths, add cold water and then hot water, this will minimize the steam.
  6. If you can help it, avoid bottled gas heaters, they make four pints of water every eight hours.

Lack of Ventilation

  1. Open a small window on each floor of your home for about thirty minutes a day. The windows should be on opposite sides of the house. If you’re in a home with only one floor, they should be opposite and on a diagonal.
  2. Make sure your kitchen is ventilated when you’re cooking. A window, a stove hood, or an extractor fan will work for this.
  3. Close the bathroom and the kitchen doors, this will keep moisture from traveling into the rest of the house.
  4. After you are finished in the kitchen or bathroom, ventilate the space for approximately twenty minutes using an extractor fan or a window.
  5. If it is safe, marginally open your bedroom window at night.
  6. Do not overfill cabinets and closets, this will reduce air circulation.
  7. Put a gap between substantial pieces of furniture and the wall, allowing for air circulation, and if you can, keep your furniture away from external walls.

Cold Surfaces

There are two ways to warm the cold surfaces in your home: insulation and draught proofing. These two things will not only reduce condensation, but they will also aid in lowering your heat costs. If you decide to draught proof, there a few things to keep in mind:

  1. If a room already has excessive condensation, it shouldn’t be draught proofed.
  2. Do not draught proof areas with a gas-burning or fuel-burning item.
  3. Kitchen and bathroom windows shouldn’t be draught proofed.

Home Temperature

The temperature of your home should be consistent. If one room is significantly colder than another room, it can increase condensation in the colder room. Try to keep your heat at a low or medium level throughout the day (and throughout the house), effectively reducing condensation.

And voilà, you’ve lessened the condensation in your home, reducing the risk of mold, mildew, and other unsavory home conditions.

Author bio: A guest post by Adorable Home – an interior design blog devoted to sharing inspirational home ideas from around the world. Special ideas that will help you make your house a home!