How can I reduce Condensation?

As one of the most common forms of dampness that can appear in a property, condensation can impact the aesthetics of your home and the health of its occupants. Prevention is key when it comes to condensation, particularly during the cold winter months, which is why this article will serve to explain how it can be reduced, as well as what it is caused by and the symptoms you should look out for.


 Condensation Infographic

What is condensation?

Condensation is caused by a ventilation problem inside a property, particularly in energy efficient homes where insulation and draught proofing can impact natural ventilation. In such properties, condensation can become a problem during the colder months when more time is spent indoors, and the buildup of moisture and humidity levels increase with no means of escaping.

What are the symptoms of condensation?

If you find yourself constantly wiping water droplets or steam off your windows, chances are your property is suffering from a condensation problem. Other symptoms include:

  • Peeling wallpaper
  • Damp patches on walls

When these problems are left untreated, condensation can quickly lead to mould growth which can cause major health issues such as respiratory problems, allergies or asthma.

Why does condensation occur?

As mentioned, modern properties are designed to be more energy efficient than older houses, using insulating and draught proofing methods to improve green credentials and lower energy bills, such as:

  • Replacing traditional open fires with innovative heating systems
  • Fitting draught excluders to old doors and window frames
  • Replacing hardwood or vinyl flooring with carpets

Whilst these energy saving techniques create more comfortable living, they also provide the ideal conditions for condensation as the water vapour and moisture created inside the property cannot escape through conventional outlets.

How can condensation be reduced without compromising on comfort?

Ventilation is key as it will allow moisture to escape from your home before it turns into condensation. When it comes to controlling condensation in your home, primary preventative measures would be to improve ventilation and heating.

In these climate conscious times, many homeowners are choosing to run a more economical household by switching off the heating and keeping windows closed in unoccupied rooms. However, this creates the ideal environment for condensation during the colder period, as the temperature of the inner pane of window glass drops and the water vapour levels inside the home rise.

Installing double glazing will act as a heat barrier against the cold outside temperature, as it features an inner pane of glass which is much warmer than the outer pane, reducing the risk of condensation. Not only that, it’s insulating qualities will reduce heat loss, ensuring as much heat is kept inside the room as possible.

Lee Glass and Glazing

We supply and install high quality double glazed windows and doors which will not only help with condensation, but will also improve security and soundproofing in your home. We can facilitate the entire project, from the initial consultation through to the final installation, ensuring each and every one of your requirements are met, and all for a reasonable price.

To find out more about any of our services or to book an appointment, please get in touch with our expert team today.