Info Page - Condensation
Claremont House And Home
CONDENSATION FACT SHEET
Are you struggling with high levels of condensation and problems with mildew forming around windows? Do you constantly have to wipe the windows in your home? In this advice sheet we hope we can explain what the causes of condensation are and be of some help in trying to control this problem.
In general climatic conditions, water vapour is continually present in the atmosphere. In your home this natural water content is increased by activities such as cooking, bathing, washing, boiling the kettle and of course something we all do breathing.
In warm air the water vapour remains unseen, but when it comes into contact with a cold surface such as a window, tiles or even a mirror, condensation will appear. This is when the vapour turns into small water droplets.
House construction in the past allowed the water vapour to escape through air bricks, coal fires and badly fitted windows and doors. Fitting double glazing cannot guarantee to solve your condensation problem but will help.
The drive to reduce heating costs, conserve energy and stop draughts in our modern living environment has meant homes being sealed and as a consequence trapping any water vapour in the home and increasing the problem of condensation.
HOW TO HELP
Heating and ventilation control will help reduce condensation without sacrificing our modern day comfort.
VENTILATION:-You should provide natural ventilation whenever possible by opening a window or trickle vent for a short period of the day, fitting extractor units to bathrooms and kitchens. This will allow for a change of air in the worst areas of the house. Keep doors to kitchen and bathrooms closed especially after bathing or cooking to stop water vapour travelling to other parts of the home.
HEATING: - Keep permanent heat in your home during the coldest weather. Fit radiators under windows were possible to keep the temperature of the inner pane of your double glazing warm. Keep the temperature in the home as constant as possible.
CIRCULATION:-Water vapour can drift on convection currents far from the origin, i.e bathroom or kitchen. Keeping internal doors to the bathroom and kitchen closed thus stopping moist air in these rooms from travelling to other rooms in your home. Try to keep curtains at least 150 mm away from your windows, this will allow air flow and keep the inside glass surface the same temperature as the room.GLAZING:-Installing the latest energy efficient double glazing with an A-rating will help reduce the condensation forming by having a warmer internal pane.