How to treat condensation in the home

Hopefully by now, you’ll have read our pieces both on the causes of condensation and the best ways to prevent it. If you’ve read them and you’re still having problems, though, this piece should help you. We’re going to take a look at the best way to combat condensation if it’s a little too late for prevention.

Install vents

If you don’t have them in your home already, it might be worth installing trickle vents in your windows. These are slotted vents that open when the room is occupied and provide constant ventilation in order to remove the excess water vapour. Despite not always being very big, these vents can be extremely effective, and are well worth the investment if you have a serious problem.

Rearrange your furniture

If you have any freestanding wardrobes (or any freestanding furniture) then it’s worth putting them against internal walls and leaving a gap between the wall and the furniture. This can help the air to circulate around the room more easily. If you’ve got any furniture that you use for storage – such as cupboards and drawers - then try not to overfill them: again, this will allow the air to circulate around more easily.

Don’t underestimate a sponge

We mentioned this in our previous piece, but it’s worth repeating just because so many people don’t seem to do it! If you do see condensation building up, don’t forget that you can simply use something a squeegee to wipe it away. Like a number of tips on this page, it might not seem like much but it can really make a big difference over the long term.

Get rid of any humidifiers

Humidifiers remain popular amongst many homeowners. However, you won’t be surprised to learn that if you’re having a problem with condensation, you should throw them out! Even if you don’t want to fully dispose of them, try and avoid using humidifiers during the winter months, when any additional moisture will only add to the problem.

Make better use of ventilation fans

It might be that you use your ventilation fans a bit, but you don’t consider it necessary to run them for too long. If that’s the case, then consider using them for longer or more often than you have done before, especially if you cook a lot, or take a lot of baths! For instance, when you’ve finished cooking, leave the fan on for an extra half an hour to absorb as much steam as possible.

Consider replacing your windows

If you’ve got a serious, ongoing problem, then replacing the windows may actually be the most cost-effective solution. There are a number of windows available in the Livingwood range that were developed specifically to be industry-leading in terms of thermal performance. The exclusive polyamide thermal break system and multi-chambered profiles available as part of our panoramic windows ensures that your house will stay warm and cosy, meaning no cold surfaces for condensation to latch onto!

Take the time to air out your house

This could again come under the umbrella of replacing your windows, as the more flexible your windows are, the more you can adjust how much air is allowed to move around your flat. For example, our outstanding flush casement windows offer a huge amount of flexibility, allowing you to move from the tiniest gap through to a completely open space.

Consult a specialist

If you believe you’ve got a really serious problem, then it’s worth taking the time to call in a specialist with experience in dealing with condensation issues. As we mentioned our other help page, condensation is a genuine cause of black mould, which in turn can cause long-term health issues for people in the home. It’s important not to neglect condensation.

Remember, Livingwood offer a no-condensation guarantee on a number of our windows, so if you’re having problems at home, get in touch with the experts!