With the festive season firmly behind us and Spring still in the distant future, January & February usually hold a mixed bag for us in the UK.
What is for certain is that cold temperatures will be still with us for some time yet and that means staying indoors and snuggling up and waiting for the positive signs of Spring.
Meanwhile the threat of condensation and mould remains as we keep the windows and doors shut. Condensation occurs for many reasons, taking a shower, bathing, cooking, even breathing all increase the levels of moisture in the air.
Condensation can become more of a problem in colder weather, as some of the best methods of combatting it, such as drying clothes outdoors and opening doors and windows to circulate fresh air, become more difficult in the winter months.
When the air cannot hold any more water vapour, the humidity increases and droplets can form on indoor surfaces, eventually becoming a bed for mould growth.
Mould unfortunately produces allergens and irritants that can cause or contribute to respiratory problems or infections and allergies. In addition to health risks, mould can be detrimental to the home itself, damaging fabrics and even the fabric of the building.
Here are some tips to help minimise condensation in your home:
Ensure any tumble dryers are vented correctly, as tumble dryers can generate a lot of moisture into the air
Where possible, dry clothes outdoors, if you cant, dry clothes in a bathroom with the door closed and windows open
Keep kitchen doors closed when cooking food, this will help to prevent warmer air going into colder rooms and causing condensation. If you have an extractor fan, use this whilst cooking and continue to use until the humid air has been cleared.
Double glazing, loft insulation and draft proofing will help to reduce the amount of heat that is lost from a property. Installing insulation will help to keep the temperature of the surfaces inside your property at a higher level.
Ensure your property has adequate heating. By improving the internal temperature of surfaces in the house this will reduce the likelihood of condensation. A secondary heat source such as an electric fire with a thermostat control will help to keep the room at a suitable temperature.
Condensation and mould can be a real problem during the colder months so until we see the positive signs of Spring & Summer, continue to think smartly about protecting your home.
If you need further advice, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/lifestyle/how-do-i-get-rid-of-damp-and-mould/