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It is in autumn and winter that condensation is most likely to form on your windows and leave them looking a little ugly.
Whilst most people want a solution to the problem, some choose to ignore condensation and just put up with it, however, what they may not realise is that consistent condensation can result in mould and damp. Once mould and damp settles in it can potentially have an adverse effect on your health in the form of respiratory-related problems such as asthma.
What causes condensation?
It’s quite simply due to a lack of ventilation. The moisture that builds up in our homes needs to be able to escape and when it can’t, condensation is caused. Don’t confuse any external condensation with dew though. Dew as we know happens early in the morning and in the early evening.
Help me get rid of it
We’re frequently asked by customers for advice on killing condensation and there are many suggestions that we offer, including these 5 top tips:
1. Dry clothes outside
Take full advantage of any warm weather when wanting to dry any clothing by hanging it outside on your washing line. Drying your clothes indoors causes moisture to build up which is unnecessary if external temperatures are high.
2. Put lids on pans
When using any pans for cooking purposes, keep the respective lids on top of them. So that any moisture that escapes doesn’t cause an issue, switch on an available extractor fan or open one of your kitchen windows.
3. Buy a dehumidifier
A dehumidifier removes any moisture from the air and cuts the likelihood of mould or damp forming. It can also double up as a drying implement for when the weather forces you to dry clothing indoors.
4. Don’t keep furniture too close to your walls
Many homeowners push their furniture right up against the wall e.g. sofa. You’re much better to leave a little gap between the relevant piece of furniture and wall to enable air to circulate effectively and not get trapped.
5. Give it a wipe
Whenever condensation does occur you should either wipe it away with a cloth of some sort or you could buy a squeegee or window vac to make a more thorough job of it. This is more likely to prevent mould or damp.
More advice on condensation can be given over the telephone or at one of our showrooms. Speaking of windows, why not also explore our extensive window range.
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