How to prevent condensation in the colder months

Over the course of time, condensation forming on cold windows can promote mould, rot, insect pests and cause plaster and home decorations to blister and peel. When it occurs between the panes of glass it is unsightly and suggests your glazing is faulty and no longer doing the job for which it was intended – keeping your home warmer and your fuel bills lower.

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Preventing moisture in the air within your home is not a simple thing. The average person exhales almost a pint while sleeping each night. An average family generates several gallons per week even before you consider other sources of moisture like the weather, baths, showers and cooking.

Moisture encourages the mites that cause asthma and hay-fever to multiply.

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Better Glazing

The void between panes should never mist up because only vacuum or dry gases should occupy the void. The less effective your double glazing is at insulating your home, the colder will be the inner window surface and the worse the condensation.

There are four good reasons to install the best double glazing you can afford – to keep warmer, reduce heating bills, be environmentally friendly and to minimise condensation. Professionals like Gloucester double glazing firm provide free advice on all these topics.

Other Solutions

Opening windows is often the simplest solution, but in cold weather it’s not the one anyone wants. It’s also an invitation to burglars. Depending on the weather, however, giving your home a regular airing will contribute greatly to avoiding damp.

Fans can help to keep the air circulating. Although you are not removing moisture from the house overall you can use fans to prevent condensation in problem areas. For example, moisture often accumulates in the far corners of the house – perhaps in a cold upstairs bedroom.

Extractor fans should always be fitted in kitchens and bathrooms and extractor hoods over cookers.

Dehumidifiers are very effective and better priced than they used to be. Many are combined with air filters that are a godsend for asthma and hay-fever sufferers. Older ones generate a background noise that is irritating if you’re trying to hear the TV, but the technology is improving so shop around.

The prices and running costs of integrated heating and air-conditioning systems (HVAC) have improved greatly and guarantee safe and comfortable air quality.