Why windows steam up on the inside and five quick fixes to avoid mould damage in your home

Why windows steam up on the inside and five quick fixes to avoid mould damage in your home

As November brings colder temperatures and frosty mornings, thousands of Irish people are left with foggy windows when we wake up.

Steamy, misted windows are damp to the touch and can allow damp and black mould to thrive on window sills and walls around your home – which is not only unsightly but can have serious impacts on your family’s health.

While the cold weather cannot be avoided, there are a few tricks to avoid those dreaded wet windows.

What causes foggy windows?

When moisture contained within humid air meets a cold surface like a window, the contact reaction causes the moisture to turn back into a liquid.

This glazed, misty fog on your windows is known as condensation.

Steamed up windows can be easily fixed with a simple wipe over to catch dripping water droplets from ruining your floor.

While there is no harm in wiping your windows daily, there are plenty of ways to prevent your windows from steaming up in the first place.

How to prevent condensation on windows

Controlling moisture levels in the air is the key to reducing condensation around your home.

There are many ways to take hold of humidity and moisture lurking in the air with everything from dehumidifiers to the position of your houseplants making a difference.

Foggy windows can cause damp and mould damage around your home during winter

Make sure there is enough ventilation

Most modern double glazed windows have a trickle vent feature, which is your best friend when it comes to condensation control.

Balancing heat with fresh air is crucial, so open windows regularly on sunny winter days – and use the trickle vent feature when you’re not in to blast some fresh air while keeping windows closed.

Avoid drying clothes indoors

Airing your clothes during the winter may seem more cost-effective than using a tumble dryer, but it can contribute to vast levels of moisture lingering in your home.

Excess moisture can eventually cause mould and damp which could result in poor health and a costly repair fee.

Avoid using radiators to dry your clothes during the winter and try isolating your washing in one room.

Bathrooms are the best place for your clothes horse as tiles and porcelain are more durable, ventilate your bathroom and close the door to channel moisture through the window.

A dehumidifier and clothes horse in the bathroom to avoid causing damp damage in other parts of the home

Move your houseplants

There is no denying that houseplants look beautiful against the backdrop of our busy homes, but be careful where you place them.

Clusters of houseplants gathered in the corner of a room or on window sills can fuel moisture and add to the watery condensation on your windows.

Spread houseplants throughout your home during the winter and save those crafty group displays for the warmer months.

Use a dehumidifier

Investing in a dehumidifier this winter could benefit your home in more ways than one.

Not only will it reduce moisture levels in the air but it could also help to eliminate allergies and dust mites lurking in your home.

Always take care when using a dehumidifier through the colder months as a drop in temperature could cause the coils to freeze if it gets too cold.

Keep your home well heated while using a dehumidifier to reduce condensation and balance humidity levels room-to-room.

Opening the window on sunny winter days will ventilate your home and avoid damaging condensation build-up

Make use of extractor fans

Cooking hearty hot dinners and taking long hot baths and showers are just a few of winter’s delights – but they could be making your condensation problem worse.

Make use of extractor fans when cooking and using the bathroom to absorb excess moisture from steam.

Leave it on for a while after you’re done showering or cooking to keep moisture levels steady and prevent mould growth.

To prevent steamy mirrors, you can apply shaving cream, white vinegar spray or washing up liquid onto the mirror before showering to reduce residual water building up.

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