Autumn is here, and winter is fast approaching! As the days get colder this means one thing; condensation. Condensation can cause huge problems for homeowners and cause real damage to your property if left unmanaged. Here is a guide to what condensation is, what problems it can cause and how you can prevent it throughout your home.
What causes condensation?
Briefly, condensation occurs when warm air that contains water vapour cools down. This can happen anywhere from windows during the winter to bathroom mirrors after you have had a shower and even on a cold glass of water in the summer months. However, it is a common misconception that condensation on windows during the winter months means that your windows are faulty. This is far from the truth, but condensation can be problematic in the long-run, so it’s good to look at measures you can take to prevent it.
Problems caused by condensation
You might think that a bit of excess moisture won’t cause any harm. This is true to some extent, but if your windows are clouding up with condensation often then it could become troublesome over time. Excess moisture left on surfaces effected by condensation can quickly turn to mould if it is left untreated. Inhaling mould spores can be problematic if you have respiratory problems, a weakened immune system or are allergic to spores as this could cause further health problems.
How to stop it
You can’t get rid of condensation 100%, but you can take measures to prevent the annoying and unsightly problem from happening in the first place. Windows have a “dew point” and when the temperature goes below this point, condensation will start to form. Making sure that your home is well insulated is one of the best ways to discourage condensation from forming. Insulating your home can be as simple as installing double or triple glazed windows because they retain more heat, which means a lower “dew point”.
What is the best solution to combat condensation?
The best solution to minimise condensation is to buy efficient double glazing from Countryside Windows. Our windows are made to measure boasting either double or triple glazing meaning that your windows will be warmer and therefore attract less condensation. So what are you waiting for? We have a huge range of window solutions to fit your needs, so call us for a free and no obligation quote today!