How to manage condensation in the winter months
All areas of the flat:
Produce Less Moisture
Some normal daily activities produce a lot of moist air very quickly. To minimise
the amount of moist air, which leads to the formation of condensation, you need to:
- Cover pans when cooking and don’t leave kettles boiling longer than
- Avoid using paraffin and portable bottle gas
- Dry washing outdoors. If it’s raining, use a clothes rack in the bathroom
with the door closed and the window or fan open.
- Do not dry washing directly on room radiators as this produces more water
vapour and cools the room at the same time. Ask yourself “Where will all the water vapour from the drying clothes go?”
- Run the cold water first when filling a bath as it prevents steam
2. Ventilate to Remove Moisture to the Outside
Your home can be ventilated without creating draughts
- Keeping a small window open a little, or open a window ventilator when the
room is in use.
- Opening the kitchen or bathroom windows to let steam and moisture
- Use an extractor fan, they only use 1/5th the power of a 100watt
- Ventilate your bedroom by leaving a window slightly open at
- Closing the kitchen and bathroom doors when the rooms are in use to stop the
warm moist air producing condensation in other cooler rooms.
- Don’t clutter wardrobes and cupboards; it could stop the air
- Don’t block ventilators, air bricks and chimneys.
- Dry your windows & windowsills every morning
- Don’t push beds and sofas against outside walls which are always colder and
attract condensation. Make sure there is a 9-inch (225cm) gap. Bedding can get damp if air cannot circulate around it.
3. Heat your Home
Keep the heat on low all day in very cold weather, condensation is less likely to
form in warm houses.