Have you noticed water droplets on the ceiling or small patches of mould beginning to form? Noticed unusually damp areas despite the place in good shape? We reckon it’s time to stop condensation before damage is done.
The Causes of Condensation
Condensation starts with three factors:
- Moisture in the air
- Air temperature
- Surface temperature
You’ll notice condensation on windows — “sweating” — on a muggy day. The warm, moist air collects on the cool windows. The result? Water droplets.
Several items and activities increase condensation in the home:
- Physical activity
- Radiators and heating elements
- Plants or water tanks for pets
- Running the tap or taking a shower
Average temperatures throughout the UK range from 6C to 9C. The cool air and rainfall breed conditions for condensation.
How to Stop Condensation
Musty smells and slippery surfaces aren’t the only reasons to stop condensation. Visible mould poses health risks. Water streaks may become discoloured blemishes. And, swelling could harm the home foundation.
How can you stop condensation?
The moisture and heat levels inside and outside the home are the main causes of condensation. A quick and easy way to stop condensation is simply opening the windows. This allows the temperature to ‘level out’.
Keep the air circulating to distribute heat/cold with:
Set the fans to spin clockwise which forces air back to the cooler, lower areas.
Underfloor heating places heat strips below the floor material.
The insulation and heating create uniformed warmth in areas where radiators cannot reach. Underfloor heating is an option to combat condensation. Plus, it’s not too difficult to install.
Moisture Reducing Products
Create a dry room with:
- Moisture collectors
Place these items in damp areas of the home or flat. This includes areas around the bathroom, kitchen, and utility room.
Remember, condensation happens when hot meets cold. A hot day and a cold home can create condensation, too. Add radiators in cold parts of your home. This will balance heat distribution on those warm days.
Drafts from deteriorating insulation could be the condensation culprit. Often, it’s the insulation around the windows, loft, or in the cellar.
Insulation kits are easy DIY and rather inexpensive. Plus, they’ll help reduce heating costs. You may use radiators less often, and stop your home from becoming too warm on a cool day.
Fewer Indoor Plants
They’re lovely but their watering is increasing the inside moisture. Likewise, plants give off water (transpiration). This is a small contribution but does add to the dampness of the home.
Consider having fewer indoor plants. Or, keep them close to well-ventilated areas.
Less Dampness. More Design and Practicality.
Many homes in the UK are old and timely. There are limited options for homeowners to renovate and add space. Big central heating units aren’t an option for most owners.
Want the best in heating and design? Consider designer radiators. These contemporary pieces perfectly blend utility and design.
Else, give us a call (01422 370 427 M-F 9am-5pm). We’d love to help find the perfect radiator to fill your needs.