6 Ways to Prevent Condensation in Your Home - A Guide
Water may enter your home from a variety of sources. Water may enter your house through leaking or seeping basement flooring. Showers and even cooking may contribute moisture to your home’s air. The quantity of moisture that your home’s air can store is determined by its temperature. As the temperature drops, the air can carry less moisture. This is why moisture condenses on cool surfaces in cold temperatures (for example, drops of water form on the inside of a window). This wetness might promote the growth of biological contaminants.
There are several method of controlling moisture in your house.:
Avoid Drying Clothes Indoors
Of course, weather and habitation allowing moist laundry in an unventilated room is a recipe for water droplets on your windows (and a musty smell resulting from that).
If possible, avoid drying clothes inside. Although it might be tough, especially in the winter when drying clothing outside is not an option, drying clothes indoors can cause condensation and moisture difficulties, especially if you do not adequately ventilate your home while drying. To avoid such problems, add an extra spin cycle to your laundry to help drain excess water and dry your garments faster.
Fix Leaks and Seepage
Many homes have water leaking, or seeping, into the basement – especially in the winter months. We recommend having an expert come out and assess your home and fix these issues as soon as possible to prevent a growing biological issue in your home.
Lack of ventilation and moisture from a toilet that is not vented properly can also cause excess moisture, resulting in mould and bacteria growth.
Keep Furniture Away From Walls
Moisture from above, whether from condensation, leaks or seepage, often ends up in your walls, encouraging mould growth and general bad odours, leading to poor indoor air quality. To prevent your furniture from trapping such moisture, make sure to avoid placing it against the walls. If you are not sure of the moisture level in your walls, you can also consider installing a dehumidifier in your home to help reduce moisture levels.
Do Not Turn Off or Disable Extractor Fans
If you are not around and turn off your extractor fans, you could create a damp and potentially smelly environment. Rather, install an extractor fan timer that automatically switches to a timer mode when you are not around the house. This will enable the fan to run on a schedule and prevent it from being turned off by accident.
Keep Your Home Ventilated
If you are unable to open the windows in your home, you should consider using an electric fan. In addition, it is also a good idea to install a humidistat, which can automatically turn on your fan when the humidity levels in your home increase. This can prevent the moisture from building up and encouraging the growth of bacteria and other biological pollutants.
Use Pan Lids When Cooking
We recommend that you have a pan cover for each pan you have in your kitchen. If you are tempted to leave the pan lid off when you have finished cooking, we recommend using a pan lid or a plate to ensure that moisture does not get trapped in your pan. Not only will this reduce the moisture in your pan, but it will also reduce the amount of steam in your kitchen, which will keep the air fresh and clean.
There are many ways to control moisture in your home. By using the tips above, you can control the moisture levels in your home and help prevent the growth of bacteria and other biological pollutants in your home.
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