Published on 29 January 2024
Not so fun fact! About one in every five homes in the UK is affected by condensation. Only 4 people in the property can create up to 16 pints of moisture per day! Condensation is also a leading cause of a pertinent increase in damp which isn’t very likeable in the moist and temperate climate of the country. Condensation, in addition to being a common nuisance, serves as a primary catalyst for the escalation of damp problems within homes. The excess moisture created by condensation provides an ideal breeding ground for mould and mildew, leading to not only unpleasant odours but also potential health hazards. Furthermore, the correlation between condensation and the increase in dampness is particularly pronounced in regions characterised by high humidity and frequent temperature fluctuations.
Installing double-glazed casement windows is however considered one of the leading accepted solutions to this ‘Water Worry’. These windows scientifically help in reducing condensation within the household. While this is a head-scratching issue, we were able to figure out some tips and tricks to combat this, but before that lets answer a basic question.
To put it simply, water vapour in the air deposits itself on lower temperature surfaces. Humid air which is rich in vapour when it comes in contact with window panes (that are generally cooler in temperature than air) releases some moisture on the surface of the panes. This leads to the formation of condensed water droplets on the pane.
Furthermore, this phenomenon of condensation is pretty high in regions with high humidity, where the air is full with an increased amount of water vapour. When warm and moist air encounters cooler surfaces, such as window panes, the temperature difference leads the moisture-laden air to release its water content. This process is particularly visible during colder periods when windows tend to be cooler than the indoor air. Thus resulting in condensed water droplets on the window surfaces. They not only restrict visibility but also contribute to potential issues like mould growth and dampness if not properly addressed.-
Now with that understood, let’s jump into potential solutions.
The moisture isn’t going to go away by itself, so yes, we need a couple of tools and techniques. Try out double-glazed casement windows. The air gap between the two cases of glass keeps the temperature stable and hence allows restrained growth of moisture plus they are secure, stylish, and easy to maintain. Another efficient gear is aluminium windows. Winters in the UK are harsh with temperatures dropping to almost -5-7 degree Celsius. Aluminium windows tend to provide thermal efficiency, they have a low maintenance profile plus they provide high security.
Condensation occurs when there is a sudden increase or decrease in the temperature. It is hence advised to adjust the thermostat which will prevent the occurrence of either. It is however too essential to constantly keep a check on the boiler as this might impact the energy levels. Populated urban areas such as Northampton, Norwich, Aberdeen are extremely crowded areas and hence more prone to condensation. Such areas need to be cautious regarding aluminium windows as it contains heat absorption properties, it might lead to unwanted increase in internal temperatures.
One of the most effective preventive measures one can undertake to curb condensation is to drive out as much moisture from inside the property. Be it casement windows, aluminium windows, or any other kind, new or old, condensation does not depend on that. What it does depend on is keeping those windows open for good ventilation so there are less chances of humidity forming the water worry. A dehumidifier might also be of help in such cases.
· Ventilate Bedrooms During Sleep: Ensure proper ventilation in bedrooms at night by opening windows. The warm air exhaled during sleep increases humidity, leading to condensation. Allowing this moist air to escape by keeping windows open helps prevent condensation.
· Open Windows in Bathrooms During Showering: Combat condensation in bathrooms by opening windows while showering or bathing. Steam produced during these activities can quickly lead to moisture build-up. Widely opening windows facilitates steam escape and keeping them open afterward helps eliminate lingering moist air.
· Ventilate Kitchens During Cooking: Reduce condensation in kitchens by opening windows wide during activities that generate steam, such as cooking, boiling, or using the kettle. Adequate ventilation allows warm air laden with moisture to escape, preventing condensation on windows.
· Control Humidity During Clothes Drying: Minimise condensation caused by indoor clothes drying by either drying clothes outside whenever possible or, if indoors, opening windows to facilitate air circulation. This helps prevent the release of excess moisture into the air, reducing humidity and condensation.
Condensation develops mould and damp; it also creates an uncomfortable atmosphere and a wet stench in the property. Damp directly impacts both the structural integrity of the property and the well-being of its occupants. Dampness, often characterised by the presence of excess moisture or water penetration, can lead to the growth of mould and mildew. These microorganisms not only pose health risks, triggering respiratory issues and allergies, but they also contribute to a musty odour that can permeate the indoor environment. Furthermore, dampness can compromise the integrity of building materials, causing decay, rot, and, in extreme cases, structural damage. By addressing and eliminating dampness, homeowners safeguard the health of their living spaces, prevent potential structural deterioration, and create a more comfortable and safer environment for themselves and their families. So, what are you waiting for?
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