A good way to help reduce condensation is to balance the heating and ventilation in your home.
- We recommend you keep a moderate level of heating in your home, and increase heating when necessary.
- Don’t cover vents or air bricks.
- If you have an extractor fan, make sure it’s clear and vacuum or wipe it if it becomes dusty.
- Use extractor fans (if fitted) or open a window when cooking and when bathing or showering – leave the extractor fan running or open your window for 10 to 15 minutes when you’ve finished, and close the door. This helps stop the moisture moving to cooler rooms. If the extractor fan doesn’t work properly, report it to your repairs team.
- Keep doors to kitchens and bathrooms closed whilst the rooms are in use.
- Air rooms, particularly bedrooms, as often as possible. Open a window for 10 to 15 minutes (with the door closed) when the room isn’t in use. Make sure window vents (if fitted) are kept open.
- If you need to dry washing indoors, remember to air the room adequately.
- Don’t place damp clothes on radiators or storage heaters – it will stop your rooms heating properly, and could present a health and safety risk.
- Move furniture slightly away from
the walls, so air can circulate behind
- If you have a tumble dryer, make sure that the dryer or room it’s in is vented, and close the door to that room when the dryer is in use.
If condensation does start to form, the best way to deal with it is to wipe it up – that way black mould shouldn’t grow. Also see if you can increase the ventilation a bit more.