How to prevent condensation and mould at home
23 October 2023
How to prevent condensation in bathrooms
Bathrooms are spaces that can get very humid, with lots of moisture in the air, and this can lead to lots of condensation forming on almost every surface.
The most effective way to prevent or reduce condensation in bathrooms is to open the window while bathing or showering whenever possible, and leave the window open for a while after you’ve finished. If your bathroom has an extractor fan fitted, using this can also be a good way to get the air circulating better and allows warmer air to escape before the moisture in it can condense indoors.
Wiping down tiles, the window, and any mirrors in the bathroom after you have finished your shower or bath can help prevent moisture from lingering and mould from developing. If you use cloths for this and want to hang them to dry afterwards, along with towels, leave the window open or the extractor fan running for a while so that the moisture in the cloth has somewhere to go.
You can also close the bathroom door after you’ve been in there to prevent excess moisture in the air in the bathroom from spreading to the rest of the home, as long as the window is open, or the extractor fan is on.
If you spot condensation that lingers on hard, flat surfaces such as tiles, windows, and mirrors, you could use a window vac device to help remove the excess moisture.
How to prevent condensation in kitchens
There are lots of things going on in kitchens that can cause condensation to form if steps are not taken to prevent it. Anything involving heat and water will release more moisture into the air in the kitchen space, but some of the measures you can take to reduce condensation include:
- When boiling the kettle, have the kettle positioned as close to an open window or extraction fan as possible so the steam doesn’t get trapped in the room.
- Open the window when cooking, washing up, and when using large appliances such as washing machines, tumble dryers, and dishwashers, to help improve ventilation and air circulation.
- Using a cooler wash cycle can also help reduce the amount of moisture being generated by your washing machine.
- Use pots and pans with lids if you can when cooking, to reduce the steam released into the air.
How to prevent condensation in bedrooms
You might not think that bedrooms are spaces in the home where condensation is likely, but because we breathe out moisture into the air as we sleep, it’s actually quite common for condensation to build up there overnight. This is even more likely in smaller bedrooms.
To counteract condensation in bedrooms, you can:
- Open a window to improve ventilation. This will help some of the humid air inside to escape and can reduce condensation on the inside.
- Leave curtains or blinds open as much as possible.
- Use a moisture absorber or small dehumidifier device to remove moisture from the air before it can form condensation.
- Try to keep a steady temperature in the room, especially during the winter when you’re using heating. Condensation forms when moisture in the air comes into contact with a cooler hard surface, so keeping the ambient temperature steady can help reduce condensation.
- Use a fan to keep the air moving around as much as possible. This can help reduce condensation as the moisture in the air doesn’t have as much chance to condense.
- Don’t dry damp clothes on bedroom radiators as this is a major contributor to condensation in the home.
Condensation is very common in homes but needs to be managed and minimised to help prevent damp and mould from developing. We hope you found this information useful, you might also like to read our additional tips for reducing condensation in the home.
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