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How to Prevent Condensation & Damp Using Your Heating

Mould and dampness in your home can be a worrying problem. It can cause unsightly marks on walls and around windows, making rooms feel cold as well as being harmful to your health. Luckily, damp caused by condensation can be easily tackled with a few simple steps. Take a look at our handy guide below to help reduce condensation and mould around your home:

How do you know if you have damp caused by condensation?

There are many types of damp including rising damp, penetrating damp and the most common damp caused by condensation. The damp is caused by moisture in the air which creates condensation on the windows, walls and furnishings. Evidence of damp caused by condensation can often be found in bathrooms and kitchens where hot water is frequently used. Some of the most common signs which can highlight a problem with condensation include:

  • Peeling wallpaper
  • Mould on and around windows
  • An unpleasant damp or musky smell in the room
  • Water droplets on the inside of windows and walls

Prevent condensation using your heating system

Carefully remove all mould within your home by using a cloth and antifungal solution; many supermarkets stock cleaning solutions specifically for this purpose. Once all existing mould has been successfully removed from the affected areas, it’s important to start taking measures to reduce condensation and future mould growth. One of the easiest ways of reducing future condensation is by taking control of your heating.

Adequately Heat Your Home – During the colder months makes sure you are adequately heating your home to help dry out any condensation, it is recommended to have a low level of heating on in all rooms of the house including ones which are not frequently used.

Keep Your Heating On – Instead of switching your heating off keep it at a constant low level to reduce condensation build up.

Other ways of preventing condensation in your home

Take a look below at other ways of quickly preventing condensation in and around your home:

  • Ensure washing machines and tumble dryers are vented correctly
  • When possible dry laundry outside, if this is not possible increase ventilation and open your windows
  • Be sure to use your bathroom and kitchen extractor fan if you have one
  • Keep the bathroom door shut while showering
  • Refrain from over filling wardrobes and cupboards around the home
  • Keep all furniture at least 55mm from the walls
  • Replace older windows and doors with double glazed alternatives
  • Reduce moisture in the air by using a dehumidifier
  • Fix any possible water leaks
  • Do not cover or block any ventilation